STAFF

Francisco Gallardo
Executive Director GRASP and Metro Denver Partners
Call or Text 720-308-1212
cisco@graspyouth.org 

Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo, in his teen years, he joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. Since that time, after facing a possible 48years in prison, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped cause. By redefining respect, power and pride and making a commitment to help the youth heal, he has helped countless young people, over the past 24 years, to redefine their own lives through his work in the community

Johnnie Williams
Chief Operating Officer GRASP and Metro Denver Partners
Mobile Phone 720-295-9694
johnnie@graspyouth.org

Johnnie is currently working with youth in the community by supplying constructive alternatives to gangs and other destructive activities.  He is actively involved within the community, focusing primarily on educating teenagers on gaining and preserving self-respect, finding a positive purpose in life, learning to be more responsible and learning to make good choices as well leaving the gang lifestyle.  He joined GRASP in July, 2008.

Michelle McDaniel
AIM Community Outreach
Mobile Phone 720-429-3299
michelle@graspyouth.org

Before accepting a position as a GRID Outreach worker in January 2012, Michelle volunteered for GRASP for 5 years while pursuing a degree in Human Services. Her experiences as a former runaway and gang member have allowed her educate, empower as well as encourage youth to make better choices.

Jerry Morgan
AIM Community Outreach
Mobile Phone 720-863-4589
jerry@graspyouth.org

Jerry Morgan was raised in different parts of the United States, but he spent the majority of his life in Denver, Colorado. He had a rough childhood and was in and out of trouble, but made a transformational change while in high school. He started his work with youth when he was 11 years old, and has worked with them since. He currently volunteers his time with numerous organizations throughout the state, and other organizations throughout the country. He studied human services and cultural studies at Metro State University of Denver, and received a degree in youth development through cultural awareness. He is now working in the At-risk Intervention and Mentoring program that is a collaboration between Grasp and Denver Health.

Lawrence Goshon
A-GRIP Outreach
Mobile Phone 720-383-4264
lawrence@graspyouth.org

Jason McBride
GRASP Program Assistant/Education Specialist
Mobile Phone 720-580-2802
jason@graspyouth.org

Jason McBride has worked within the East Denver community since 2010.  Born and raised in Park Hill, Jason decided to step away from the gang lifestyle and give back to the community he loves.  Jason’s passion for the community is shown through several programs he runs throughout the metro area.  His objective is to show our youth options in education and career choices they might not have been exposed to.  Jason hopes to help kids with his 4 points to success: 1. Surround yourself with the right people. 2. Self-motivation 3. Tell your family and friends you LOVE them. 4. Don’t be afraid to achieve!

José Palacios-Casillas
AIM Community Outreach
720-445-6438
José@graspyouth.org

José is a first generation male that identifies as Chicano/Mexicano. He was born to hardworking immigrant parents from Tierrablanca, Zacatecas. Although he faced obstacles and traumas growing up, José feels blessed to have had a great support system, and community support. Now, as a recent graduate from MSU Denver and with guidance from mentors, he is eager to give back to the community. José has a degree in Human Services, and a minor in Chicano Studies. He is also part of La Raza Youth Leadership Program Committee