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John Torres has been a leader in gang intervention and street outreach efforts in the Bay Area for over 15 years, first in San Francisco, where he led the City’s Department of Children Youth and Family’s crisis response program, and since 2009, at Youth ALIVE!. As Deputy Director, John oversees our four central programs, Teens on Target, Caught in the Crossfire, Violence Interruption, and the Khadafy Washington Project. He is responsible for frontline strategy and the assessment of our organization at large. He is a crucial ear and a trusted voice for both frontline staff and management.
John received a B.A. from San Francisco State University and Masters in Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies and provides therapy to Youth ALIVE clients as a pre-license MFT intern. In recognition of his service to the community, he received a “Warrior of Peace” Award from the Mission District Peace Collaborative.