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Y2 Final Report: Evaluation of the Los Angeles Gang Reduction and Youth Development

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Document date: September 22, 2011
Released online: September 22, 2011

Abstract

In April 2009 the Urban Institute (Washington, D.C), in partnership with Harder+Company (Los Angeles, CA), was contracted by the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles to conduct a multi-year evaluation of the Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program (GRYD).  This is the second report of the evaluation.  It builds upon the process and preliminary outcome findings reported in 2010, and extends them through April, 2011. The main report contains detailed analyses of the self-reported changes in the attitudes and delinquent/criminal behaviors of  a sample of 902at risk youth enrolled in programs focused on preventing gang-joining, compared to a sample of 248 youth who were referred to the program but were not enrolled.

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Introduction

The Urban Institute in partnership with Harder+Company has been contracted by the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles to conduct a multi-year evaluation of the Mayor’s Gang Reduction and Youth Development Program (GRYD). This Executive Summary describes the key findings of the second year of the evaluation. The Year 2 evaluation builds upon the previous process and preliminary outcome findings reported in 2010.1 In this Executive Summary, we first identify the main components of the GRYD program and then describe the sources and scope of data that comprise the foundation for the main report. Key findings are then presented. A brief conclusion follows.

The full report is organized around the primary components of the GRYD program. For detailed support of the key findings presented in the Summary, the reader is referred to the analyses that are presented in the main report, and the appendices that accompany it.

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