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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 20 years, to redefine their own lives through his work in the community
Mobile Phone 720-295-9694
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.
GRASP Program Assistant
Mobile Phone 720-443-2029
My name is Gerardo Lopez and I have been doing gang intervention work for over 10 years and have a degree in criminal justice. I am a former gang member and comprehend an associates the struggles that youth go thru before joining and while being active in a gang. I grew up in neighborhoods and went to schools that had gang influence, and my poor decision skills and peer pressure atmosphere led me to being incarcerated in juvenile detention facilities for several years. I now strive to help youth make better decisions and guide them towards positive alternatives that they can use in their everyday living and steer them away from a gang lifestyle.
GRID Community Outreach
Mobile Phone 720-429-3299
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.
GRID Community Outreach
Mobile Phone 720-985-1291
Jesus joined GRASP in January 2012 as a GRID Outreach Worker. He is currently finishing his bachelors in Human Services at Metropolitan State College with an emphasis on High Risk Youth. He grew up in Northwest Denver and understands the needs and concerns of the community. His goal is to help youth get out of gangs as well as finding ways to prevent other kids from joining.
Mobile Phone 720-505-9776
Ronald, a Denver native, comes from a gang background. Although in a gang in his youth, he avoided being sent to juvenile detention; however, as an adult he was facing 32 years in prison for gang-related crimes. Since being set free from the charges, he has been working with youth for 18 years to ensure they would not follow his path. He now strives to give youth positive alternatives by educating them on the truths of gangs. He joined GRASP as the Aurora GRIP and Adams City High School Outreach Worker in January 2012.
Mobile Phone 720-260-4345
A North-West Denver native, graduated from Denver North High School in May of 1987. Joined the United States Navy in August of 1989. During the final year of my enlistment I was assigned to the Navy Adopt a School Program where I discovered my true calling, mentoring high-risk inner city children. Was Honorably discharged in April of 1993 and I returned home to Denver for the worst summer of my life, “The Summer of Violence”. In the fall of 1993 I went to work at Lincoln High School. I worked with some of Southwest Denver’s most hardened young people and had some very amazing success. In the fall of 1997 I returned to my alma mater Denver North High School where I served in the school reaching out to some of Northwest Denver’s most high-risk youth until February of 2009.
I have served as a Youth Pastor and Gang Outreach Worker in all of West Denver, North to South since September of 1993.
I am very honored to have joined the GRASP team as a GRID Outreach Worker.