DMTL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is seeking private and grant funding to implement an effective program model for gang prevention, delinquency prevention, and youth development services. In the first three years of operation, DMTL will execute a 3-year pilot program using evidence-based practices and efficient organizational strategies. DMTL will be located within the 77th Street Police Division in an area with high gang activity and limited resources for at-risk youth. DMTL’s staff will work closely with a designated middle school in this area to identify sixth graders with risk factors for gang involvement and delinquency. Additional referral sources such as LAPD, the Department of Children and Family Services, and the Probation Department will also be used. Program eligibility will be determined by an initial assessment taken by referred youth and their parents/guardians.
Eligible youth (clients) will be assigned to a DMTL Family Service Worker (FSW) who will provide intensive case management; working closely with them and their parents to establish agreed upon service plans. The FSW will collaborate with the DMTL Team to help clients address their needs at the individual, peer, family, and community levels. Between 60 and 70 active clients will be maintained each year, and they will receive services for a maximum of three years. (6th, 7th and 8th grade)
The following DMTL staff will provide direct services to youth and families: two Family Service Workers, one Therapist, two Tutors, one Gang Intervention Worker, the President, and the Executive Director. DMTL Founders will lead by example, and their close involvement will ensure best practices are being implemented. DMTL’s core services include:
- Intensive Case Management
- Psychological Counseling (Individual & Family)
- Peer Group (Curriculum)
- Tutoring & Academic Assistance
- Parent Support Group (Curriculum)
- Individual Sessions (youth & parents)
- Family Sessions
- Home & School Visits
- Youth & Family Advocacy
- Structured Recreational Activities
- Youth Incentive Program
- Pro-Social & Educational Field Trips
The main theories and approaches guiding DMTL practice are: Family-Centered Approach, Cognitive-Behavior Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Strength-Based Approach, and Social Learning Theory. DMTL will provide staff trainings in these disciplines.
DMTL Founders are presently raising money in order to provide direct services to youth and families. The purpose of this website is to raise the necessary funding to open our program. Thank you for visiting our website.