Engaging high-risk subcultures to reduce alienation and violence
Gangs recruit new members when they are young – often before they reach their teenage years. We facilitate alternatives to gang involvement including youth leadership development and after school programming.
Youth intervention and leadership development
The Parish works with young adults ages 16-24 who have experienced educational, social-emotional, and/or vocational difficulties. Many participants have dropped out of high school, suffer from the effects of trauma, and have a hard time obtaining and maintaining employment.
Our programs approach each client as a whole person, empowering them through case management services, educational support, and employment training. This grants each client the opportunity to live a healthy, productive, and sustainable lifestyle.
After school programming
We partner with nearby schools to provide a safe, supervised venue for children to socialize, have fun, and continue learning after school is over. Research has shown that increased community supervision is an important element in preventing youth violence and gang involvement.
Additionally, The Parish hosts Hoops For Hope lock-in events in the College View neighborhood, keeping vulnerable Denver youth off of the streets during periods of peak gang violence.
Programming remains vibrant and active throughout the summer, as youth in the community help lead summer day camps for children.
College View Community Center
The Parish manages the College View Community Center (CVCC) located in the College View neighborhood of southwest Denver, providing a safe and positive place for Denver youth and vulnerable community members of all ages. CVCC hosts recreational activities, community events, and various programs for youth and adults.
Low-cost recreation memberships and day passes are available to the public. Recreational activities available at CVCC include Zumba fitness classes, boxing, basketball open gym, weight room, cardio room, ping-pong, foosball, and pool tables. Programing for senior adults includes square dancing, bingo, social lunches, and bridge club.
Additionally, the CVCC community room and gymnasium are available to rent for birthday parties, special events, weddings, dances, etc.
Sources and further reading:
National Gang Center, Frequently Asked Questions
U.S. Department of Justice, Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs
Journal of Adolescent Health, Gang Membership Between Ages 5 and 17 Years in the