Toberman’s Gang Intervention Department started at Toberman in 1977 to address the communities rising concerns of gang activities in the Harbor Area. As one of the oldest gang intervention program in the City of Los Angeles, Toberman has provided community-based gang intervention through convening and sharing strategies, best-practices and a common vision with Toberman’s Family Source Center and Toberman’s Family Children and Youth Center. Solidifying our services through implementation of lessons learned from Toberman rich history of social services.
The Unit was developed to increase the safety of the overall community by addressing the violence in a comprehensive and cost-effective manner by directly reducing gang violence and providing holistic, integrated human services.
Two Pronged Approach
The present Toberman Gang Intervention staffs are all certified Gang Interventionists, as well as, continually attending certified and non-certified trainings. The goal of the Gang Intervention program is to build and maintain a collaborative “Peace Infrastructure” throughout the Harbor Area. Our goal is to raise the quality of life in our community by creating a safer and violent free community, while redirecting the lives of our youth and young adults.
To accomplish this, Toberman will be using the two-prong model that was developed by the City of Los Angeles’ Ad-Hoc on Gangs and Youth Development and adopted by the City of Los Angeles.
- Crisis response
- Violence interruption
- Conflict and crisis resolution
- Street mediation
- Creating and/or maintaining
- Cease fire/non-aggression agreements
- Rumor control
- Peace mediation
- Community engagement
- Neighborhood interfacing,
- School based intervention
- Supportive services to victims and their families
- Other community based services
- Group and individual counseling
- Tattoo removal
- Chemical dependency recovery
- Legal assistance
- Anger management courses
- Vocational support