ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Orange County Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (OC GRIP) recognized the accomplishment of Esther L. Walter Elementary School student Jazmine A., whose design was selected from more than 140 entries to be reproduced on the official OC GRIP vehicle.
The fully customized vehicle was on display at the Anaheim school and members of the Ford Motor Company employee team who volunteered as mentors at Walter Elementary were also recognized for their service. A customized Mustang that was designed by Ford and wrapped with the GRIP logo was also donated by Tuttle-Click Ford to our District Attorney Investigators for use in their official GRIP duties. The Mustang was available at Walter Elementary for viewing.
OC GRIP is a partnership of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, local law enforcement, and community partners working together to keep kids out of gangs. OC GRIP provides education and resources to families throughout Orange County, including exposure to positive role models and mentoring by members of the community, including employees of Ford Motor Company, who volunteer their time to mentor at-risk youth.
This year, more than 90 Ford Motor Company employees participated in the mentor program at 14 schools. The mentor groups meet with students several times during the school year. Students who participate in the program and meet a challenge to have no unexcused absences, criminal activity, violence or weapons on campus, or gang-related clothing, writing, or behavior, earned the opportunity to spend a day with their mentors at the Ford Motor Company Regional Headquarters in Irvine, where they experienced first-hand the opportunities available to them in the future.
Students in the program were challenged to create a custom design to be reproduced on the OC GRIP promotional vehicle. More than 140 students created designs with the guidance of their mentors. A design team from Ford selected the winning design, which was reproduced on the OC GRIP vehicle.