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Mission & Strategies
Original Gangster's Basic Academy of Development (OG’s BAD) is a non-profit youth services agency. Our mission is to provide targeted youth who are prone to gang involvement with alternatives to a gang lifestyle. We fulfill this mission through an education program, job skills training and supervised recreational activities for high risk youth.
Our strategies are consistent with the three-pronged, balanced approach of the Idaho State Department of Juvenile Corrections. The balanced approach emphasizes skill-building, accountability and protection of society. The strength of our program is in providing skill-building activities while holding youth accountable for continuing their education and contributing back to the community. Ultimately, our program helps protect our community by diverting youth from gang activity. To successfully address gang issues in our community this comprehensive, balanced approach is required.
Objectives and Program Services
Gang Interruption Through Targeted Outreachemploys three objectives in attaining its purpose of gang intervention. In each case OG’s BAD provides targeted youth with:
1. An educational program that includes study for the GED exams. We serve youth who have struggled in a traditional school setting to the point that they have dropped out of school, been expelled or been suspended. Curriculum varies according to the needs of the youth, but our goal is for each young person to prepare for productive citizenship through receiving either their GED or HSE.
2. Job skills training, using on-the-job mentoring from Academy volunteers and community partners. Our young people do not just talk about careers; they have an opportunity to intern at a worksite, thus gaining valuable work skills. The students are paid a stipend while training, and can be employed from two to five hours per day.
3.Recreational activities that they typically would not have a chance to participate in if this program were not available. Appropriate use of leisure time is a critical step in helping a young person avoid gang activity.
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