St. Francis Medical Center Foundation Receives GRYD Grant
Oct 17, 2018 | St. Francis News
St. Francis Medical Center Foundation was awarded an $850,000 grant from the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office as part of a city-wide effort to reduce gang involvement by youth. The award supports the Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) program established in July 2007. GRYD addresses gang violence in a comprehensive and coordinated way, by working with collaborative community-based agencies that have a shared commitment to curtail violence and injury. GRYD focuses on youth ages 10-15 who are identified as high-risk for gang recruitment.
Grant program services are provided through St. Francis’ injury and prevention partner, Southern California Crossroads (Crossroads). Crossroads is a non-profit organization assisting underserved, low-income communities by creating pathways to healthy, peaceful, and productive lifestyles. Crossroads’ programs provide counseling, education, employment, and social services support. St. Francis has partnered with Crossroads on multiple projects since 2013.
The grant program conducts screenings and assessments to identify youth at high-risk for joining gangs. Up to 150 youth are served at any one time through a six-month program.
As part of the GRYD collaboration, St. Francis is working with the unified school districts of Los Angeles, Compton, Lynwood, and El Rancho, St. Lawrence Brindisi School, College Bridge Academy, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Department of Child and Family Services, among others.
Thank you to the St. Francis Medical Center Foundation for proactively pursuing grant funding to help support important hospital programs such as our injury prevention collaboration that promote the health and wellness of our community.