Mission & Impact

Our Mission

The GRYD Foundation mission is to create a safer, healthier, Los Angeles with a focus on communities that are heavily impacted by gun violence and that often lack resources due to economic, racial and neighborhood boundaries.  We believe that every youth, regardless of race, gender or geography, should have the resources, opportunities, and systems to grow up to lead healthy, fulfilling lives

As a 501c3 nonprofit community based organization, The GRYD Foundation is proud to be a core implementation partner with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety (Gang Reduction & Youth Development) for Summer Night Lights and Fall Friday Nights programming.

What was once a home of gang crime for the world is now home of solutions to the gang problem.

— Mayor Eric Garcetti

Our Impact

GRYD programming focuses on areas that have been heavily impacted by gun violence, that lack resources due to long-standing racial and socio-economic disparities, and where many individuals are experiencing the effects of multi-generational poverty and exposure to trauma.  GRYD Foundation takes a multi-faceted and collaborative approach to address these problems and needs.

The GRYD Foundation supports and partners with the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Public Safety, Gang Reduction & Youth Development to implement Summer Night Lights and Fall Friday Nights. Our Youth Squad 360 initiative adds an extra layer of case management and workforce development services for Summer Night Lights youth workers.

Boxing+STREAM is a fitness and academic program at Nickerson Gardens Housing Development in partnership with the Housing Authority of City of Los Angeles and Watts Community Core.

Together, these programs work to curb violence and to promote educational and workforce advancement and healthy outcomes for the residents of 32 communities across the City of Los Angeles.