Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Prevention - Long Beach, CA

End Abuse Long Beach
Since 1975

CAMFT Approved Continuing Education Provider

July 9 Program Agenda

"Project Fatherhood"

Jorja Leap, Ph.D., MSW Adjunct Professor of Social Welfare, UCLA


Thursday, July 9, 2015


8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Networking & Introductions
8:20 - 9:30 a.m. - Program


Alpert Jewish Community Center, Senior Room
3801 E. Willow St, Long Beach, CA 90815

EALB will provide 1 CEU to MFTs/LCSWs in attendance (free to EALB members, $10 for non-members).
Approval No. PCE 4131

Contact info: 310-206-6170,

Jorja Leap, Ph.D., MSW Jorja Leap has been a member of the faculty of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Department of Social Welfare since 1992. As an anthropologist and recognized expert in violence prevention, gangs and street violence, youth justice and the death penalty, she has worked both nationally and internationally in violent and post-war settings all of her career. Dr. Leap applies a multidisciplinary, community-based approach to her research and developmental work. Her current work focuses on gangs and youth development in multi-cultural settings, criminal justice and prison reform, and the dilemmas faced by individuals reentering society after incarceration, including women, a group often overlooked.

Dr. Leap serves as policy advisor on Gangs and Youth Violence for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, as an expert reviewer on gangs for the National Institute of Justice, and as the Clinical Director of the Watts Regional Strategy for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. She has also been appointed to the State of California, Board of State and Community Corrections, Standing Committee on Gang Issues. Drawing upon her research, Dr. Leap has provided commentary on numerous television, radio and newspaper stories about gangs. In 2009, along with Dr. Todd Franke, Dr. Leap began a five year study of Homeboy Industries, which focuses on the life histories of program participants as they encounter the dual challenges of leaving gang life and reentering mainstream society. Her research efforts at Homeboy Industries have also extended to assessing their social enterprise model, concentrating on the Homegirl Café and its training program for women. Along with this work, she is conducting a longitudinal evaluation of the Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) Initiative in South Los Angeles, and is an Evaluation Specialist for The California Endowment, a statewide health foundation with a mission to promote fundamental improvements in the safety and health of all Californians. Dr. Leap most recently helped develop their “Sons and Brothers” Project as part of President Barack Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” Initiative.

In addition, since 2011, she has served as the Executive Director of the UCLA Health and Social Justice Partnership. As part of her action research efforts, Dr. Leap has authored numerous reports, articles, and book chapters as well as her most recent book, Jumped In: What Gangs Taught Me about Violence, Love, Drugs and Redemption published by Beacon Press in 2012, with all proceeds going to Homeboy Industries. Dr. Leap is currently completing her next two books: Project Fatherhood: A Story of Courage and Healing in One of America’s Most Troubled Communities to be published by Beacon Press in June 2015, with all proceeds going to Project Fatherhood and Gangs: Voices from the Streets to be published by Oxford University Press in late 2015.

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Her new book will be available during the program - all proceeds go directly to support Project Fatherhood.

In a session filled with stories of conflict, hope and redemption, join Jorja Leap as she introduces the extraordinary men who came together in Jordan Downs through the group Project Fatherhood. She will briefly trace the unusual blend of forces — from Los Angeles City government, the Children's Institute, and a group of former gang members, as well as the UCLA Luskin School — who all pulled together to create this extraordinary and life changing organization.
The book Project Fatherhood follows the lives of the men, who meet each week as they struggle with the pain of their own losses, the chronic pressures of poverty and unemployment, and the unquenchable desire to do better and provide more for the next generation. Through immersion into the lived experiences of those working to overcome their circumstances, Jorja Leap provides not only dramatic stories of fathers trying to do the right thing but a larger sociological portrait of how institutional injustices become manifest in the lives of ordinary people. The group’s development over time demonstrates real-life movement toward solutions as the men find support in each other and in their shared goal of healing their families and keeping their children out of the "cradle-to-prison pipeline."

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