Youths in Anti-Gang Program Earn Ballpark Visit

Saddleback Church is among the organizations partnering with law enforcement agencies to reward students for staying out of trouble.

Sarah de Crescenzo (San Juan Capistrano Patch) | June 1, 2012

More than 1,200 Orange County students with severe behavioral problems have spent the school year pulling up their grades and attendance as part of an anti-gang effort by local law enforcement and schools.

The reward for their hard efforts comes Monday when the students will watch the Anaheim Angels take on the Seattle Mariners.

Students—including some with as many as 10 suspensions in one school year—were picked for the program as being at risk for gang exposure and activity, according to the Orange County District Attorney. The invitation to be a VIP guest at the ballpark was introduced at the beginning of the program as an incentive to students.

Their successful participation in the Orange County Gang Reduction and Intervention Partnership, known as OC GRIP, marks its fourth consecutive year.

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