Mayor's Anti-Gang Office
A Division of the Department of Neighborhoods
Houston’s youth are its most valuable resource, so it’s important that they have access to programs to achieve success. Some youth however, make choices or experience challenges that threaten their safety and well-being. Since 1994 the Mayor’s Anti-Gang Office has worked to provide comprehensive responses to youth violence and juvenile delinquency through direct services, collaboration, education, and policy development. The office is recognized at local, state and federal levels for its knowledgeable staff, numerous partnerships, and expertise in prevention and intervention services for high risk, delinquent and gang involved youth.
Gangs and youth violence aren’t just issues for law enforcement to address. They are community problems that deserve everyone’s attention. Working together, we can help keep kids safe.
MAGO Programs and Services
Gang and Delinquency Intervention Case Management
Counselors provide social work case management services to delinquent, gang involved, and high risk youth to direct them away from negative activities and provide them with opportunities to develop positive changes in behavior and status.
Ladies Choice Girls Program
Ladies Choice support groups include discussion and activities that promote resiliency and provide girls with opportunities to share experiences that are helpful to each other.
Young Fathers Program
Young Fathers focuses on teenage parents who either have a child, are expecting a child, or are at-risk of becoming a teen parent. The program aims to build skill sets that lead to responsible, capable, and healthy parenting, and for youth who are not parents, consequences.
Peace on the Streets
Youth must be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of positive activities. They should be able to meet and develop relationships with role models and leaders who are from their own communities. Peace on the Streets organizes events and activities across the city that promote youth, family, and community interactions.
High school students explore careers while learning soft skills to prepare them for jobs through the City’s Summer Youth Jobs program.
College students who are pursuing careers in social or behavioral sciences are offered internships with MAGO programs to give them hands experience and prepare them for working with delinquent populations.
Outreach and Education
Prevention presentations are conducted for youth to educate them on the dangers and consequences of delinquent behaviors and to build resistance skills; awareness presentations assist adults in identifying and addressing gang involvement and delinquency issues within their families and communities; and training presentations are provided to build the skill sets of personnel who work with young people.
MAGO has partnered with the Parks Department to conduct iMatter presentations to youth participants at city recreation centers. The presentations teach gang, bullying, drug and alcohol resistance skills, along with self awareness, kindness and empathy skills.
To address the learning gap in the summer, MAGO staff members and youth volunteers visit summer programs to teach STEM principles. Participants conduct easy science experiments and learn about robotics.