Giving Orange County's Youth a Chance

OC GRIP is a non-profit 501(c)(3) that supports the initiatives of the GRIP (Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership) program in the Orange County District Attorney's Office. This program has over 200 partners in 13 cities, including police departments, probation departments and more than 100 private businesses and non-profit organizations. Over the last four years, GRIP has put thousands of kids between 8 and 12 years old through their program.

OC GRIP's mission is to prevent targeted at-risk minors from joining criminal street gangs and enable them to graduate from high school free from destructive activities and behavior.

"I spent most of my career putting people in jail. It's incredibly rewarding to work with a program where I get to send kids to college instead." — Detective K.R., GRIP

GRIP by the Numbers


Parents, students, educators and community leaders completing gang prevention education courses


Families personally assisted with truancy issues


Reduction of student expulsions in one school


Students earned entry to professional sporting events as a result of achieving perfect school attendance


Schools Countywide


Cities Throughout Orange County


Community Partners


Affiliate Police Departments


Teachers Mentoring Students


Parents Attending Monthly Meetings

First Annual Gala Honoring General William Lyon & Ford Motor Company

This year we launched a major effort to raise additional funds for our award-winning program by opening a free-standing 501(c)(3) to augment the funds spent by the District Attorney's Office. On March 5th 2014 OC GRIP held its First Annual Gala dinner.

The evening was hosted by Orange County District Attorney, Tony Rackauckas; Orange County Sheriff, Sandra Hutchens; State Senator, Lou Correa and State Senator, Mimi Walters at the Ford Motor Company's Irvine showroom and headquarters. Over 200 community leaders and special guests convened in support of the program and to join OC GRIP in awarding the evening's honorees— General William Lyon and the Ford Motor Company.

Tony Rackauckas

Orange County District Attorney-Public Administrator

Sandra Hutchens

Orange County Sheriff-Coroner

Lou Correa

State Senator

Mimi Walters

State Senator

What Your Support Makes Possible

In addition to the law enforcement-led components of the program, which are funded by the Orange County District Attorney's Office, OC GRIP conducts a series of community-oriented campaigns which are essential to the overall success of the program. Your support of OC GRIP goes towards the following:

Student & Family Support Fund

The OC GRIP Student & Family Support Fund enables us to provide the following vital services to students and families in OC GRIP communities:

  • One-on-one intensive counseling and tutoring for at-risk youth
  • Case and program management professionals
  • Emergency relief and rapid response efforts for families in crisis
  • Incentive programs for at-risk students

Volunteer Mentor Programs

Our volunteer mentor programs are fueled by the personal efforts of community and school faculty volunteers. Your support enables us to carry out the following:

  • Recruitment and training of community volunteers
  • Mentor training
  • Retention programs

Community Outreach & Awareness Program

Support of our Community Outreach & Awareness Program enables us to reach out to the community to increase awareness of gang activity, providing essential training for parents, children, faculty and community members. Our outreach efforts include:

  • Education seminars
  • Promotion and dissemination of OC GRIP information
  • Anti-gang awareness campaigns in key communities
  • Volunteer recruitment efforts

Athletic Programs

In order to motivate and provide positive outlets for at-risk youth, we conduct multiple athletic programs. These programs help children learn important life lessons through the teamwork and discipline of team sports. Your support allows us to offer the following activities:

  • Soccer camp
  • Football camp
  • Weekend athletic programs
  • Summer athletic leagues

Grip Serves the Following Communities

GRIP Community Partners Include