Who are we?
GRASP (Gang Rescue and Support Project) is a peer-run, intervention program that works with youth who are at-risk of gang involvement or are presently active in gangs, helps families of gang victims, and serves as a youth advocate. GRASP works so well because it is primarily run by ex-gang members who broke free of the gang life-style and turned their lives around. The staff understands how difficult it is to make this transition and the challenges facing youth who do it. Established in 1991 after a tragic ‘drive-by’ shooting death of a teen, GRASP has evolved into a highly respected and successful program of Metro Denver Partners, a non-profit organization, that for over 45 years has helped kids to better futures through one-on-one mentoring
- Crisis Response
- Community Mobilization
- Parent Awareness Trainings
- Community and School Outreach
- Hospital Intervention (AIM)
- Family and Youth Advocacy
- Tattoo Removal
- GRASP Enterprises/Job Training
- Healing Circles
- El Joven Noble and Xinachtli Rites of Passage
GRASP utilizes the philosophy of LaCultura Cura which literally translates to “culture cures”. It doesn’t necessarily pertain to one specific culture, but with a “healing” culture in general and valuing people’s individual cultures with which they were raised as a vehicle to deliver the healing message.
GRASP PARTICIPANTS ARE…
Anyone who wants help getting out of a gang, or wants to avoid joining a gang, is encouraged to attend meetings. In addition, referrals are accepted from Juvenile Justice, schools, family, friends, public defenders, and other community-based agencies. There is no fee. The general referral criteria is:
• Male/female youth, ages 14-24
• Gang-involved (ranked in or associated with gang members, and/or family history of gang involvement)
• Substance abuse issues
• History of Juvenile Justice involvement
• Family dysfunction or family involvement in any of the above
If you know a kid who’s ready to
get out of a gang call 303-777-3117
and we’ll tell you about GRASP.