The Inner Circle Youth (ICY™) is an entrepreneurial and leadership development model that helps at-risk youth build community and cultural values, set lifelong and positive goals, and break social, educational, and economic barriers to develop end-dependence.

As a learning model, ICY™ guides the development and administration of all WLCAC programs involving youth and/or education. WLCAC Operates several funded programs which provide services for local youth and families:

Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD)

WLCAC uses a unique approach of developing close, dedicated relationships with clients paired with staff commitment to client success and Comprehensive Vertical/Horizontal Strategies. The purpose of the program is multi-fold: to provide a variety of services for families by encouraging overall community wellness, individual and group self-sufficiency. The overall goal is to reduce the number of kids who become involved in gang activities and build stronger families for around 300 youth.

Program Highlights:                 
  • Serving families for more than twenty years. 
  • Established GRYD alumni who helped create peace treaties between Jordan Downs, Imperial Courts, and Nickerson Gardens. We still have integration happening across gang territories where they see WLCAC as a gang neutral zone. 
  • Location is a neutral site (members of any combination of 19 local sets gather peacefully).
  • Current top-performing GRYD contractor in the City of Los Angeles.  
  • Awarded for Best Use of Data to Inform Practice on May 11th 2018
  • Recognized by Mayor's Office for service excellence May 30th 2018 
  • Conducted training for other GRYD contractors in recruitment for the Mayor’s office. 
  • Grassroots approach to form partnership between WLCAC, the City of Los Angeles, LAPD, LAUSD, and families with or without gang-affiliation.
Shown below is a 10,000 square-foot mural installed by a graduate of our youth program, phenomenal artist Richard Franco, who partnered with community leader and artist Toni Love to hand paint the mural, which serves as backdrop to a playground.

Family Source Center (FSC)

FSC’s mission is to promote community wellness and individual and community self-sufficiency by providing opportunities for entire families (children, youth, and adults) to access essential social services (child care, after-school programs, health services, educational workshops, job training, family management, counseling, and intensive case management) while, at the same time, playing an intricate part in assisting other families like themselves to access these services.