SERVICES

Champions In Service offers a number of programs and services to best support our community.

Many of our programs are created specifically for individuals who are either currently involved with the justice system or who have been in the past. Our programs also support the families of loved ones who are currently or previously justice-involved.

All programs listed are free.

 
Street Intervention

Led by our Executive Director, William "Blinky" Rodriguez, CIS provides 24/7 comprehensive street intervention services that have proven their effectiveness over the years. We employ Community Intervention Workers (CIWs) who are members of the community and have an in-depth understanding of the streets from lived experience.

Our Street Intervention team has been able to create peace and safety in the community and significantly reduce levels of violence. 

  • Court Advocacy

  • Graffiti Removal

  • Employment & Education Assistance

  • Neighborhood Sporting Events

  • Public Speaking & Trainings

  • Opportunities to Relocate With Out-of-State Partnerships

  • Assistance with Funeral Arrangements & Resources

Services offered by our Street Intervention team & CIW's:

  • Violence Reduction & Interruption Strategies

  • Promoting Peace & Public Safety

  • First Responders to Yellow Tape

  • Gang Retaliation Prevention 

  • Rumor Control

  • Conflict Mediation

  • ​'Hot-Spot' Surveillance (monitoring future

conflict after violent incident)

Interested in learning more about these services? 

 
Re-Entry Intensive Case Management (R.I.C.M.S.)

Our Re-Entry program works with individuals who have been involved in the justice system. Participants in this program will be given a Case Manager to assist with their needs in order to successfully transition back into society. 

Our Re-Entry services include:

  • Employment Assistance

  • Housing Assistance

  • Court Advocacy

  • Expungement Support

  • Linkage to Educational Opportunities

  • Tattoo Removal 

  • Financial Assistance

 
Tattoo Removal

CIS is one of the few agencies in LA County that offers

pro-bono  tattoo removal to all of our participants.  ​

Whether it's to remove visible tattoos in order to increase job opportunities or to remove tattoos that once symbolized gang-affiliation, our tattoo removal service assists participants who are ready for a new chapter in their life.

Due to COVID-19 our tattoo removal services are temporarily unavailable but we are working on ways to continue providing this service safely and hope to be back soon. Stay tuned!

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Interested in Tattoo Removal Services? 

 
Gang Reduction & Youth Development (GRYD)

We partner with the Los Angeles Mayor's Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development (GRYD) to provide gang intervention services to current and/or former gang members, their families, and others affected by the influence of gangs in the San Fernando Valley.

CIS's GRYD program works to help youth develop positive life skills, strengthen family relationships, and create safe communities. We encourage youth to develop their own leadership styles and incorporate positive choices throughout their daily lives.

Each GRYD participant works closely with a case manager who will assist in setting and achieving participant goals, provide participants & their families with supportive services, help youth explore educational & employment opportunities, and much more. 

Some services provided to GRYD participants include:

  • Goal Planning & Development

  • Financial Family Support

  • Transportation Support

  • Community Engagement

  • Referrals to Resources

  • Job Trainings & Placements

  • Enrollment in Educational Opportunities

  • Court Advocacy

  • Tattoo Removal 

  • Legal Services

  • Life Skills Support

We also serve affected neighborhoods through: 

Would you or someone you know benefit from these services?

 
Youth Diversion & Development (YDD)

Involvement in the justice system as a young person can typically lead to a continuous cycle of incarceration in adulthood. That's why we believe diversion programs for our youth are critical and have partnered with the Los Angeles County Department of Health Service’s Office of    
Diversion and Reentry to create supportive services. 

 

Through a Memorandum of Agreement with the LAPD, youth under the age of 18 that come into contact with law enforcement in the Mission Police Division can be immediately referred to CIS for diversion services instead of entered into the justice system. Learn more here.

Our wrap-around case management supports these youth and their families. 


 

We believe all youth deserve the opportunity to avoid the never-ending cycle of incarceration.

We provide:

  • Counseling

  • Educational & Employment Opportunities

  • Mentoring

  • Healthy Development Workshops

  • Court Advocacy 

  • Referrals to Resources

 

We partner with Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC) to offer our CCRH program, a program specifically created for individuals who have been involved with the justice system and are interested in going back to school. Participants in this program will work closely with a case manager who will assist them in achieving their educational goals while providing additional supportive services. 

 

The CCRH helps current or previously justice-involved participants transition into a school setting by assisting with:

  • Applications to Los Angeles Mission College (LAMC)

  • Enrollment into LAMC Courses

  • FAFSA/CA DREAM ACT Application(s)

  • Scheduling Counselor Appointments

  • Linkage to On-Campus Community Resources

  • Transportation Services

  • Accessing Textbooks

  • Overall Academic Support

College Culture Re-Entry Hub (CCRH)

The CCRH also works with currently incarcerated youth at

Barry J. Nidorf Juvenile Hall. 

Interested in enrolling?

 
Survivors R.I.S.E

R.I.S.E. stands for Rebuilding Inner Strength Everyday. Our Survivors RISE program works with those who have experienced violence and are survivors of crime and/or trauma. We understand the intense impact that trauma can have in every aspect of life, and our goal is to support our survivors in working through the trauma by finding healthy coping strategies. Each participant is supported by one of our case managers, where we use a holistic approach to help our clients set and reach their goals. 

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Some of our services include:

  • Case Management

  • Court Advocacy

  • Yoga Workshops

  • Mindfulness Circles

  • Resilience Circles

  • Healthy Eating & Nutrition Workshops

  • Self-Defense Classes

  • Connections to extended resources

  • Health & Wellness fairs, & more!

Would you or someone you know would benefit from these services? 

 
Mentor 2 Thrive (M2T)

CIS is excited to announce our new Mentor Program in partnership with the Leadership Foundation. At CIS we understand the importance of having a responsible and accountable adult to support and help guide our youth. We're ecstatic to offer this program to our community! 

Youth must be 17 years of age or younger to enroll in this program. 

Know someone who would benefit from having a mentor? Or would you like to be a volunteer mentor?