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
Parent Awareness Trainings
Community and School Outreach
Hospital Intervention (AIM)
Family and Youth Advocacy
GRASP Enterprises/Job Training
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.