Founded in 1999, V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. FOUNDATION (formerly known as Venice 2000) is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization that was originally established to provide gang intervention and prevention services.
Since that time, we’ve come to believe that “community-intervention” services are needed –now more than ever to combat gang related violence, the destruction of our communities, and the loss of our young people to the lure of economic depravity.
V2K H.E.L.P.E.R. Foundation is in part responsible for assisting in the implementation of a peace agreement between the Rollin 30s and the Rollin 40s. This pact has been in effect for three years beginning in 2006. The Cease Fire Agreement is an agreement between the two gangs that lets members of the two gangs intrude territory without violent action being taken. It does not protect members of either party if a member decides to instigate a feud with a rival Street Organization member.
Two polar dynamics criminal and pro-social-drive these gangs. Economically motivated crimes like the drug trade and its spin-offs (i.e., aggravated assault and battery) plus robbery and auto theft are the traditional major “pulls”. The fast money draws many participants, and rivalry over the profits fosters drive-by shootings and other lethal acts. This has caused much of the gang warfare over past years. The rage from the resultant loss of loved ones still fosters lethal hits from rival gangs. The smolder resentment referenced continues as a source of gang violence. But for the past 2 years this has been largely, albeit not completely, offset by the hold of the Cease Fire Agreement.
At V2K H.E.L.P.E.R one of our focuses is the youth. We successfully utilize lectures, group counseling, leadership training, field trips and mentoring; tutoring, job development, job training and job placement; and workshops as tools to reach the youth. We provide community service, gang intervention services, anger management, conflict resolution, drug and violence prevention, as well as sexual assault classes for at-risk youth in the community. Our staff has successfully provided services throughout Los Angles County.
We provide a myriad of services throughout Los Angeles County, with primary emphasis in Venice Beach and South Central Los Angeles. Our academic arm provides a professionally and socially enriched facility for graduate and undergraduate training. V2K H.E.L.P.E.R is considered to be a model at-risk youth service facility and therefore attracts interns and social work students from major universities, such as USC, Loyola Marymount University, and University of California Los Angeles. We subscribe to a comprehensive, integrated, community-based collaborative approach providing services to youth that enhances community safety while strengthening and preserving families. Our guiding philosophy is that children and youth must be preserved if the integrity of our society at-large is to be preserved. If families are to be responsible units, they must have access to healthy living environments, adequate food, and education for all its members, employment, and access to health services and freedom from gang, domestic and civil violence.
Additionally, principals on this project have over 20 years of history administratively in non-profit organizations, particularly working with and for at risk at risk youth.
Mission: V2K H.E.L.P.E.R is a multi-service, multi-ethnic agency and has specialized in implementing programs and services to diverse groups with maximum efficiency and impact. V2K H.E.L.P.E.R believes that the needs of groups and individuals cross traditional ethnic, racial and other cultural boundaries. V2K H.E.L.P.E.R serves as a bridge between people with common needs in order to identify and secure resources that may be pooled for the greater good of all.
V2K H.E.L.P.E.R currently operates over 15 different human and social service programs, providing a wealth of human services at various levels of our social service network. The programs designed and operated by V2K H.E.L.P.E.R encompass health (dental services), mental health, childcare, child development, community education/training, self-help programs, employment training and placement, alcoholism prevention and peer education, care management (including elderly), tobacco prevention/education, ‘safety net’ services (i.e. food, shelter), housing assistance.
The agency has an impeccable 10-year history of program and fiscal management and continues to be financially stable and proactive in terms of assessing environmental trends that may affect the future (short and long-term) financial stability of the agency. Program development, fundraising, and marketing plans are used to address overall funding needs. The agency maintains a general fund reserve that is used to finance cash flow needs and fund development. The agency has no cost overruns and has a combined professional accounting staff experience of over 40 years. The agency’s annual budget is close to $1 million dollars. V2K H.E.L.P.E.R is a well-known, CBO that specializes in delivering innovative human services throughout the City and County of LA.