Gang Alternative is a model program that builds character that lasts through faith-based initiatives, innovative academic, physical, social, and family support.
Gang Alternative (GA) occupies a unique service niche in Miami’s inner city as a prevention provider. The agency became a 501©3 non-profit in 2005 building on a 20 year volunteer and faith-based ministry founded by pastor Tom Pokorney and sponsored by Community Christian Church in Little Haiti to instill positive values and foster strong character and skills to help adolescents transition to productive adult life styles.
We transform lives for the kingdom of God and betterment of the world, community by community. We serve, children and families, other community organizations, school systems and faith-based organizations.
We transform the community through:
GA has a robust prevention track record. Our crowning achievement is our long-term success rate. 85% of the young people coming through our doors have gone on to become positive, productive adults. This defies the community profile of poverty, violence and strife. Many have become community leaders as well as GA volunteers supporting and mentoring the next generation. Since 2005 GA has a 94% success rate with youth participants who have shown a decrease in aggressive behaviors and increased awareness of drug/alcohol prevention. Our strategies go to the heart of the matter with programs aimed at preventing negative behavior patterns that lead to alcohol and substance abuse, gang involvement, delinquency, poor school performance, pregnancy and drop-out.
To build character that lasts in children and families through positive alternatives to youth violence and delinquency by offering a holistic approach to their academic, physical, social and spiritual development.
Community youth have a relationship with God, have nurturing and involved families, succeed academically, develop to their full potential as adults of good character, are gainfully employed and give back to their community as role models and mentors.