The City of Gardena has established the Juvenile Justice & Intervention Program (GJJIP) that is designed to identify and improve areas of a youth’s life that may be contributing to delinquent behavior. Mayor Paul Tanaka is very proud of the program being available to Gardena residents.
The City of Gardena currently has stiff penalties for minors getting caught defacing city property. Families incur a substantial fine, which could create significant hardships. This program will serve as a deterrent.
The program provides case management, life skills workshops, community referrals and most importantly, mentorship.
As a seasoned law enforcement official, Mayor Tanaka served on the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department when they made history with the largest gang takedown, in the nation. Tanaka said, “…I know how important this program will be for Gardena families and any assistance we can provide is invaluable…”.
To be eligible, youth must be between the ages of 11 to 17 and either: cited by the Gardena Police Department for either a misdemeanor or status offense, exhibiting anti-social behaviors/attitudes, difficult at home/school and simply if parents think their child can benefit. Email GJJIP@ci.gardena.ca.us or call (310) 965-8899 if you know of someone who will benefit.