Since 2006, more than 23,000 verified violent gang crimes were committed in Los Angeles. These 784 homicides, 12,000 felony assaults, nearly 10,000 robberies, and 500 rapes coincide with a new epidemic in youth violence. Los Angeles is home to over 26,000 gang members, and new recruits start as early as age seven. Elementary aged girls are asked to join gangs, commit violent crimes, sell and use drugs, and suffer sexual atrocities by those claiming to offer them "protection".
We provide these girls with the sense of belonging and care they are searching for when considering joining a gang. We build their self esteem and give them goals to work toward in life. We show them love and teach them skills that will make them competitive in the real world. Because of our program, the girls realize they have options other than joining a gang. They learn that if they apply themselves in school, they can escape the cycle of poverty and crime that they were born into.
With enough support, Crown Jewel Club will champion thousands of young women in Los Angeles and offer them the support they need to avoid joining gangs and make positive life decisions. Crown Jewel Club's impact encourages young women to break the cycle of poverty and violence through self-improvement and through giving back to their own communities. These girls share the skills they learn with parents, siblings, and friends, as well as set examples of self-respect and respect for others.