We exist to assist families, schools, and communities in developing programs & strategies to prevent youth from joining gangs.

We exist to intervene in the lives of youth who are members of gangs by partnering with families, educators, and community members.

We exist to provide guest speaker panels, training, and resources to anyone who desires to provide prevention and intervention services to youth and families.

We exist to be a resource to families, schools, churches, and other community organizations who desire to address teen violence, gangs and other destructive adolescent activities.

We do this by providing excellent motivational and inspirational trainings. We do this by guest speakers, ex-gang members' panels, practical training, and our prevention and intervention comics.

 

GOEST

Joseph "Pepe" Montenegro
M.S., Founder

Pepe came from a life of adolescent drug use, gang membership and eventually dropped out of high school. When a terrible turn of events took place he entered a drug rehabilitation program and after 9 months graduated from the program. While in the program he heard the message of hope in Jesus Christ. Upon accepting Christ, he left the gang and drug lifestyle and dropped back in to high school. He graduated from high school and went on to earn his Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. He is an at-risk youth counselor, parent educator and mentor program coordinator for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District as well as a volunteer for both the Orange County Juvenile Hall and the California Youth Authority in Chino.

OUT OF DARKNESS

Pepe Montenegro
Editor

Jei Franxis Garlitos
M.A., Writer

Paul Widosh
Illustrator