Youth Development, Inc., operates the Gang Intervention Program to work specifically with individual gang members within the Albuquerque neighborhoods. The mission of the program is to work together with youth and families to stop the violence and keep the communities safe. The Gang Intervention Program uses innovative approaches to help youth learn and experience positive alternatives that may lead them to divert their negative energies into positive ones within their communities. Services provided include case management, individual/family counseling with a licensed therapist, recreational activities, and participation in community events. The eight-week leadership program is a specialized program designed to bring together youth from the different barrios to experience hands-on activities, giving back to their communities, building positive relationships within their peer group, communication skills, leadership, and team building. While participating in the gang program, youth learn to come together in a nonthreatening, cooperative atmosphere in all the program sites.
National Gang Center: Promising program structure
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development: Promising program
Mr. Ruben Leyva
Gang Intervention Program
Youth Development Institute
1223 Fourth Street, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: (505) 343-1918
Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development. (1994). A Matter of Time: Risk and Opportunity in the Nonschool Hours. New York: Carnegie Corporation of New York.