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Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach (GPTTO) is an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention program which offers a comprehensive approach using effective techniques and strategies that direct at-risk young people to positive alternatives offered by Boys & Girls Clubs.
Youth are recruited through an outreach effort and a referral network consisting of the Brockton Police Department´s G.R.E.A.T.TM officers, Police Activities League, Department of Youth Services (DYS), Juvenile Probation, the District Attorney´s Juvenile Diversion Program, and the Department of Social Service.
Recruited youth are mainstreamed into Club activities by the case manager. Club programming serves as a mechanism for diverting these youth from gang activities. An initial intake interview is done as a means of assessing individual needs and interests while at the same time creating a foundation to establish the bond of trust needed to form a positive mentoring relationship. The case manager assigns the youth to a volunteer opportunity (which can be used to fulfill community service hours) that meets their individual needs or interests.
GPTTO youth are also encouraged to participate in Club activities and attend a variety of workshops and activities geared specifically towards their needs.
Plymouth County District Attorney´s Office
166 Main Street
Brockton, MA 02301