Southern California
Gang Prevention & Intervention Conference

Aug. 22, 2009

Pomona First Baptist Church
586 N. Main St.
Pomona, Ca.  91768
8:00am - 2:30pm

Offering Hope & Solutions to Families & Individuals Influenced by Gangs

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Welcome and thanks for your interest in the Southern California Gang Prevention & Intervention Conference. This conference is designed to offer each attendee hope and a closer look at those who are doing the work of gang prevention and intervention.  

Each speaker will address gang issues that are relevant to all aspects of law enforcement, mental health agencies; faith based organizations, educators, nonprofit organizations, community members, parents, and all other concerned individuals and organizations.

Cordially and respectfully,
Jose "Pepe" Montenegro ,
Conference Coordinator

This is a conference of information, inspiration and hope.

Who should attend?
Not only should the above mentioned people attend, but those who are concerned professionals and community members. We believe that if you have questions about gangs we will provide the answers.

Why should you attend?
If you work with children and families affected by gangs or desire to work with them, this conference is for you.  You will gain a greater understanding of gangs and ways to effectively address this population. You will have a rare opportunity to network with and discuss current gang issues and solutions with like minded professionals and individuals.

What to expect.
Expect excellent key note speakers and workshop presenters from law enforcement, mental health agencies and former hard core gang members who have made a remarkable change toward gang free living. The conference is designed to allow you opportunities to ask questions after each keynote speaker and workshop presenter. 

Come and partner with us as we learn practical steps and keys to more effectively endeavor to provide solutions in our gang prevention and intervention services.

Keynote Speakers

 Art "Conejo" Blajos - Former hit man for the Mexican Mafia

ConejoArt Blajos grew up in a violent gangland subculture that led to his imprisonment at the age of 16. He spent a total of 17 years in prison including four and a half years on Death Row fighting the death penalty.  For 15 years he was an assassin for a prison gang. In 1984 he had a breakthrough via the ministry of Pastor Sonny Arguinzoni and the Victory Outreach. He went to a Victory Outreach Rehabilitation Home and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior. God not only transformed his mind, but also gave him a new heart. He recently authored "Blood In, Blood Out" a biography which chronicles his life in crime, his conversion and his ministry within Victory Outreach International. "Blood In, Blood Out" has been tremendously effective in reaching thousands of inmates in the prison systems throughout the world with the message of hope, and the plan of Jesus Christ.  His ministry includes personal street evangelism, gospel meetings, street rallies, crusades, Men's Discipleship Seminars and Prison Ministry Seminars.


2. Dr. J. Diego Vigil - Professor Ph.D., Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

J. Diego Vigil, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine-USA. His education includes Ph.D. and M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles. He just completed a one year of teaching as a visiting professor at Harvard in the Graduate School of Education. Prior to that he taught at UCLA for six years and USC for fourteen years. His expertise is in urban, psychology, socialization and educational anthropology, Mexico and U.S. Southwest ethnohistory. Some of his books are: From Indians to Chicanos, The Dynamics of Mexican American Culture, Personas Mexicanas: Chicano High Schoolers in a Changing Los Angeles, Barrio Gangs: Street Life and Identity in Southern California, A Rainbow of Gangs: A Cross-Cultural Study Street Youth in Los Angeles. He also acts as a consultant, expert witness, in cultural defense in gang related homicides. He was Director, Center for the Study of Urban Poverty, Chairman, The National Center for Gang Policy, Director of Ethnic Studies, University of Southern California.

3. Big Al Aceves - Co-founder of "MONGOL NATION." Director, Rivers edge Men's Ranch

ConejoBig Al grew up with a caring mother and had no contact with his father. As a child he lived in a physically violent and abusive environment, with his grandfather being the main violent abuser. Upon reaching adolescense, Big Al joined an East Los Angeles gang and along with his violent nature, he began using heroin.His violent mentality led him to enlist for three tours of duty in Vietnam. While there, in hand to hand combat, he killed with his bare hands and earned the reputation that many grew to fear and respect.He was shot two times in combat and eventually came back to the states. Big Al continued his drug use and horribly violent ways. In the early 1970's, Big Al co-founded "MONGOL NATION."

Come and listen as he gives insight to the making of a notorious gang member



Our new 2009 Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference will offer five workshops specializing in different aspects of gang prevention and intervention. They include:

  • Dangers of gangs, by a former Avenues gang member (name confidential)

  • Consequences of gang activity, by wheelchair-bound former gang members (Crips co-founder)

  • Keeping your campus safe from gang influence, by educators and campus safety personnel

 Richard Gomez and his campus safety team at Costa Mesa High School/Middle School are recognized pioneers in a   new and highly effective interactive approach to school security operations. Utilizing over 20 years of experience in school security and law enforcement, Mr. Gomez shares his knowledge in the area of public school security practices and integration of technological support to enhance school safety that few organizations or individuals can provide. Mr. Gomez is currently employed with Newport-Mesa School District as a school security officer bringing with him 8 additional years working for the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department and is a school security consultant for Anaheim Union High School District. Mr. Gomez credits also include - presenter CLMS/CLHS/NHSA School Safety Symposium at Lake Tahoe, co-developer of "Protecting the School House" a new approach to methods and strategies designed to increase efficiency of campus security operations, director/instructor of youth handball for gang-at-risk students in after school program mentoring and developing student potential to compete in Junior National Competition.


  • Understanding female gangs and girls in gangs, by a former female 18 Street gang member

                           A lost and angry girl at the age of 14, running in the notorious streets of South Central Los Angeles with anger, hatred and resentment. For years she took her anger out on other gang and non gang members, trying to destroy anything that got in her way. With one focus in mind, money, power and control. She soon would meet with the end of her journey. At the age of 20, Ruby (Promise SC EIGHTEEN ST) would come to grips with reality. On November 20, 1992 She was shot 13 times with a 9mm semi automatic. Being hit in every vital organ and a centimeter from her heart Ruby found herself at her ropes end. Knowing that death had knocked on her door at that moment she cried out to God and asked for one more chance, and today still in the city of South Central Los Angeles, The only promise she responds to is the the one that God has promised her and her family.

  • Best practices for current gang work, by Inland Empire Probation Officer & Ontario gang prevention program


Preregistration: (Before Aug. 15)
Adolescents: $13
5 or more: $11 per adolescent, $20 for adult supervisor

Adults: $25
5 or more: $20 per adult

At the door: (After Aug. 15)
Adolescents: $15
5 or more: $13 per adolescent, $25 for adult supervisor

Adults: $30
5 or more: $25 per adult

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Pomona First Baptist Church
586 N. Main St.
Pomona, Ca.  91768
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  *  Lunch is provided for 5$
 * Certificate of Attendance
  *  Information & Resource tables

Tables are available to assist you in providing information at the conference
about your agency and services.  To reserve your table, please contact
Pepe Montenegro at 951-529-4884.


    GOEST has provided a wonderful service to our community by having the Gang Prevention and Intervention Conference.  This conference was an enlightening experience into what others are doing to help our youth and those in gangs.  We attended this conference with our seventeen-year-old daughter who was shown how our community helps others.  The conference had knowledgeable speakers and outstanding workshops.  The workshops also had informational handouts and had speakers who shared about their knowledge in helping others. The workshops revealed how working together (cops, citizens,churches,and city) can help prevent gang life.  Overall this conference is an outstanding place to meet others who want to help with gang prevention and intervention. The conference itself had a great schedule of events, was very well timed, and each speaker had enough time to share their stories with understandable information.                                                                           God Bless,
    Chaplain's Ron and Brandi Dorres

    Thanks for all the valuable information today, it will certainly help me. I look forward to implementing many of the things I have learned in the near future.

    I really liked this (conference), it made me open my eyes to help out even more.
    I would like it if some of the speakers came to the OC Conservation Corp. and speak to the corps members.

    This is a great conference and I would recommend it to anyone who works with kids.


For more information

Questions? Please call: (951) 529-4884

Presented by
Gang Outreach Educational Strategies and Training

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