Frontline: the visible forefront in any action, activity, or field Soldier: A person dedicated to a cause
In 1996 the national organization “M.A.D. D.A.D.S.” Men Against Destruction, Defending against Drugs and Social disorder elective Gerald Thompson as its Inglewood California Director as part of the Los Angeles County Chapter. In 1997 the Inglewood Division was included in a collaborative grant from the California Youth Authorities (CYA) that included, LA County Probation Dept. and the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) LA Dads Program. “Male Involvement Intervention Narrative” The LA Dads Male Involvement program promotes the role of males in the prevention of teen and unintended pregnancies. This program targeted males 14-18 specifically at male juvenile detention centers and juvenile camps. 3 juvenile detention centers and 6 juvenile camps participate in the PRPTPP & YD program helps male adolescents acquire knowledge in values and skills to make better choices in their lives and stay involved in the lives of their children if they are teen fathers.
After experiencing the impact on the lives of the young men that were father and receiving a 1998 State of California Mentor Award for Southern California from then governor Pete Wilson, in 2000, PTYF focus became on the 200,000 homeless youth reported in the state of California but mainly those 16 thru 24 years know as Transitional Age Youth (TAY) but found locally in South Los Angeles where over 1,100 with no more than 300 beds available on any given day (1998). The impact of this homeless youth population has impacted our school drop outs, mental health concerns, alcohol, tobacco and other illegal drugs abuse, teen pregnancy and gang involvement which has led to the overcrowded jails and prisons. “The 1994 recidivism study estimated that within 3 years, 51.8% of prisoners released during the year were back in prison either because of a new crime for which they received another prison sentence, or because of a technical violation of their parole. This rate was not calculated in the 1983 study”
In 2000 Gerald founded The Frontline Soldiers Wall of Fame Awards to recognize the men of Los Angele County that have dedicated their lives to fight every day on the frontlines on society and humanities wars taking place in our homes and our communities and on the streets of South Los Angeles. In 2001, Gerald felt we take people like coaches, ministers, law-enforcement, firemen, interventionist, survivors of victimize crimes and politicians that we take for granted. He felt this group of community servants should receive a special acknowledgment and so he created this group to be known as “The Frontline Soldier”The Frontline Soldiers (FS) was holistically designed to build an organized network of men and women strategically designed to foster unity, solidarity and economic empowerment toward the reduction and elimination of gang killings and violence of any kind, alcohol, tobacco & other drug abuse to insure all people are able to have a better quality of life and as these services are being done by many he felt we needed to know each other.
The Frontline Soldiers have established a visual presents in our community through our community street patrol training. Some of our volunteers volunteer to attend and support: Each year the former recipients and founder Gerald Thompson come together and select from a number of potential candidates to be inducted onto The Frontline Soldiers Wall of Fame. Core Components: Faith-Based Empowerment Team (FBET): There is but one ultimate authority and that one is God. This team is responsible to keep the Frontline Soldiers mission spiritually focused and to keep faith-based communities, churches and efforts involved in all we do. Unity and Solidarity Empowerment Team (USET): This team is responsible for developing strategies designed to create a climate that promotes unity and solidarity that empowers the collective. Economic Empowerment Team (EET): This team develops insightful economic plans and strategies for identifying and securing financial resources thus generating economic power. Event Planning Empowerment Team (EPET): This team is responsible for developing and planning all events and activities rooted in community spirit. This includes activities such as The Gathering of Men Breakfast, unity marches, community protests, rallies and other empowerment activities. This effort includes contacting necessary parties to secure site, permits, equipment, time frame available, event set up, and logistical arrangements for events. Fatherhood Initiative and Mentor Empowerment Team: This team is responsible for implementing now, President Barack Obama Fatherhood Initiative following his Press Conference held in Washington D.C. June 21st 2010. “The question put to the nation was how can we as a nation not just government, but businesses, community groups and concern citizens all come together to help fathers meet their responsibilities to our families and communities”. The Frontline Soldiers have chosen to research and provide manhood/womanhood training model through implementation of training clinic(s) that focuses on enhancing skills that support positive transitions into manhood/womanhood so to become self-sufficient. Political Action Empowerment Team (PAET): This team serves as a voice for social policy change in political arenas that result in building political alliances and updating programs efforts livery.