History & Impact
Angels at Risk programs and services have been in existence for over twenty years. We formally became our own 501 (c) 3 in 2007, having been a program of both New Visions Foundation and Malibu Foundation for Youth & Families and Robyn Gibson prior to 2007. In 1998, then Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl attended a summit for all of the schools in West Los Angeles. This meeting highlighted the drug and alcohol crisis for teenagers in our community. Several high schools were in attendance including: Santa Monica High, Palisades Charter High, Venice High, Malibu High and Crossroads High. Since that time, Angels at Risk has served the school communities mentioned above and our programs and services have been consistently active on the Westside of Los Angeles from Inglewood to Malibu. What we have successfully developed is a community of togetherness, principal to principal, school to school, parent to parent, family to family and teen to teen. Because of the proven success of the Angels at Risk’s programs and services, we have become a consistent resource for Informal Juvenile Court and the preferred program of referral for them as well.
Angels at Risk’s prevention philosophy is paramount. Our programs and services have been recognized as making a difference in the quality of our community, both in preventing short-term crisis and in maintaining long-term social stability.
Angels at risk is a safety net catching kids and families, from all backgrounds, before they fall through the cracks, and for many, Angels at Risk’s free services are the only option they will have for any kind of help.
Not only do we directly reach thousands of families a year, but the ripple effect is undeniable. Our journey to change the course of our community has been a difficult yet rewarding one and to this day we continue to be a juggernaut against drug and alcohol use and abuse in our community.