Thirty years ago, business and educational leaders asked gang members what would keep them out of gangs, and they responded "jobs." Inspired by this answer, community leaders established the Glendale Youth Alliance in 1993 to provide jobs and employment preparedness training for at-risk youth ages 14 to 24. GYA Programs are designed to build civic values, provide a foundation to learn job skills and increase the likelihood for the participants to become productive members of the workforce. Glendale Youth Alliance currently operates six programs on a spectrum that provide mentored employment to youth. These range from a program that gives subsidized jobs to the youngest youth who have never held a job, to a program for older youth who are ready to secure unsubsidized employment.
The mission of the Glendale Youth Alliance (GYA), as a youth service organization, is to provide, coordinate and/or support youth employment activities, efforts and programs that have a positive impact on the youth of our community.
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