A group of at-risk girls who are members of the Anaheim Police Department’s Gang Reduction & Intervention Partnership, commonly known as GRIP, recently earned a day of luxurious pampering and a five-star meal for improving their performance inside and outside the classroom.
The 15 girls are students at South, Sycamore, Ball and Orangeview junior high schools and they belong to Girls Club, a sub-group of GRIP that meets monthly to discuss issues such as bullying, dating, Internet safety and etiquette.
Girls Day was organized by Community Service Programs (CSP), an Orange County nonprofit that provides a variety of services for struggling children and families.
The day of pampering took place June 1, beginning with a visit to Sephora at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, where the girls received makeovers by experienced stylists and makeup artists.
Afterward, they were treated with a three-course meal at the Anaheim Hills Golf Course.
The girls were selected for Girls Day for maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA, having no unexcused absences or serious behavioral issues and completing 35 community service hours during the school year. The event is held once a year as an incentive.
The Girls Club program has been implemented in seven Anaheim elementary schools and four junior high schools.
GRIP is a collaboration between the police, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, schools and parents whose mission is to identify students at risk of joining gangs and re-routing them in a positive direction through a variety of programs and incentives.
CSP assists more than 125,000 community members annually, including abused children, struggling families, at-risk adolescents, crime victims and those in need of mediation services.
For information, go to cspinc.org