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Community Problem Solving

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Children Youth Families RGBThis area focuses on working with the community on issues that they have identified that relate to youth. Current focus areas are gang prevention and intervention and alcohol awareness. Services provided are the coordination of the community gang task force, gang prevention and intervention classes for youth and their parents and school-based alcohol awareness work.

The Gang Response and Intervention Program (GRIP) is an inter-agency and community collaboration committed to creating and maintaining resources with a structure of support and acceptance which identifies risks and needs, provides early education and awareness as well as intervention and alternative for youth, parents, and the community, thereby achieving preventative proactive safety for the entire community.

GRIP recognizes and provides strength-based positive input at critical moments of intervention in the “full circle” of youths’ social development away from and back into the family, so that healthy generational patterns are created and supported.

The Gang intervention and prevention program focus on positive relationships, conflict resolution, self-esteem and personal responsibility have helped kids get out of gangs and get on track to a better way of life.

GRIP's services:

  • elementary, middle and high school gang prevention assemblies
  • middle and high school gang intervention courses
  • one-on-one youth counseling
  • family strengthening classes
  • gang education classes to parents, adult community members and adult professionals who work with kids

Warning Signs of Gang Involvement 

What to do if your child is involved in a gang?

  • Ask for help to community agencies like Children, Youth and Families
  • Call and talk to the police for directions
  • Check their room for signs and symbols
  • Don't ignore your suspicions, know your child's friends
  • Talk to child about it
  • Talk to the teachers about any behavior change

GRIP Referral Form

The GRIP referral form can be downloaded here [PDF]

For more information, contact the GRIP Staff. Bilingual (English/Spanish) services provided.


Helpful links:

Children, Youth and Families

Police Gang Unit

Alternatives for Youth

National Youth Gang Center

St. Vrain Valley School District

Longmont Teen Clinic

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