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Girls & Gangs offers pre- and post release reentry services to girls in LA County Probation Camps Joseph Scott and Kenyon Scudder located in Santa Clarita and to girls on community probation in South and East LA.  For over twelve years, Girls & Gangs has been the only nonprofit organization in Los Angeles County who is solely dedicated to serving girls (ages 12-18) in the juvenile justice system and in gangs.

  • Re-Entry Services: Securing My Future (SMF)
    SMF is offered to girls in LA County Probation Camps Joseph Scott and Kenyon Scudder located in Santa Clarita and are designed to encourage self-reflection, attitude and behavior change and to provide specific documents and information the girls need for school, employment and meeting their conditions of probation. For More Information Contact Jessica Gholson, Director of Programs, 323-419-4713 ext. 204.

  • Re-Entry Services: Moving Forward
    Moving Forward is offered to girls immediately following incarceration. These six-month weekly educational series addresses the issues most pertinent to girls released from camp or juvenile hall. Topics include Anger Management, Job Readiness/Financial Literacy, and Reproductive Health. Seeking Our Unlimited Lives (S.O.U.L) is a component of Moving Forward that exposes girls to the expressive arts. Parents are invited to participate in weekly educational support groups that are intended to improve communication with their daughters.
    Contact Jessica Gholson, Director of Programs, 323-419-4713 ext. 204.
  • Case Management
    A minimum of 12 months of intensive case management services are provided to girls who are scheduled to enroll in Mentoring. Girls receive individual attention and are referred to counseling, housing, medical services, education opportunities and any other service necessary.
    For More Information Contact Jasmine Guerrero, Lead Case Manager, 323-419-4708 ext. 202.
  • Mentoring
    The Mentoring Program provides 1:1 gender specific mentoring with girls, ages 14-18, involved with the LA County Department of Probation. The program provides structured, trusting relationships with adult volunteers who offer the girls guidance, support, and encouragement aimed at developing pro-social behaviors and competencies. These mentoring relationships help the girls develop skills and attitudes necessary to reduce their risk of recidivism. Contact Jessica Gholson, Director of Programs, 323-419-4713 ext. 204.

  • Women’s Speaker Series (WSS)
    WSS provides a venue for professional women to share their knowledge and experience with local young women ages 12 - 25 years old. School groups, local organizations are encouraged to bring program participants to WSS. Work-shops are free of charge, including a meal and take place quarterly with a female-only audience.
    Contact Jessica Gholson, Director of Programs, 323-419-4713 ext. 204.

  • Advocacy
    Girls & Gangs advocates to eliminate gender bias and bring awareness to issues facing young women involved with the juvenile justice system. We collaborate with several community partners including the Advisory Boards of the Violence Prevention Coalition and the Camps Scott/Scudder Pilot School Committee. We supported the creation of the Community-Based Gang Intervention Model. We assisted with the production of Camp Scott Lock-Up, a documentary on girls in the juvenile justice sys-tem, which was awarded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency PASS (Prevention for a Safer Society Award) in 2001 for “excellence in communicating the complex problems about crime to the American people” and was shown on MTV in 2001. Our latest Advocacy Project focuses on convening a Community Workgroup to develop Promising Practices for law enforcement in 2012 and hosting our first Girls & Gangs Summit in February 2013.
    Contact Jessica Gholson, Director of Programs, 323-419-4713 ext. 204.


  • Training & Technical Assistance
    Our staff has a combined 60 years of experience working with girls involved in gangs and the juvenile justice system. We are available to provide training and technical assistance to your group on this critical issue. We have conducted trainings for the 2013 National Gang Conference and the LA County Gang/ Domestic Violence Conference, the Advancement Project, Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Public Defender’s Office, City of Los Angeles Attorney’s Office, and more. For More Information Contact Thomas Kelly, Executive Director, 323-419-4715 ext. 205.

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