ACE’s Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD) is a city-wide program that works to reduce gang-related crime and violence in the community, through the support and development of young people. GRYD provides counseling, case management, court advocacy, and education to address underlying risks and issues, while preparing youth for employment.
Graphing the GRYD
ACE’s Graphing the GRYD program provides a platform for youth who have been involved in tagging and illegal graffiti writing to learn how to take their talents in a positive direction. This program’s goal is to reduce tagging in the community by offering artistic alternatives for youth. Graphing the GRYD teaches members how to create and market their work, as well as expose them to jobs in the arts and entertainment industry. Graphing the GRYD members collaborate with community organizations to create murals and public art that promote peace, healing and empowerment.
Education and Job Readiness
The GRYD Program provides hands-on academic assistance, education, job-readiness, certification and training opportunities. Young people learn basic job skills, as well as life skills, including workplace etiquette, proper attire and other soft skills that help youth become employed and thrive in the workplace.
GRYD works with the community, parents and any young person’s family member to meet community and family needs, support in times of conflict, and resolve issues. We promote peace-building with active members impacting the GRYD zone. Some of the programming includes community beautification projects, drug and alcohol educational campaigns, and human trafficking awareness campaigns. These campaigns engage youth with the larger community to promote peace and healing.