To help at-risk youth in our community take the first step toward escaping gang life, La Clínica joined efforts with the Alameda County Public Health Department to provide gang-related youth with tattoo removal, mentoring, and social support services. Project New Start requires that young people interested in the program make a commitment to a vocational and/or educational plan with sponsors at a local youth agency, and perform at least 50 hours of community volunteer work. All participating agencies- including the Public Health Department, La Clínica and sponsors, work closely with participants to support them in reaching their personal goals.
La Clínica's doctors remove tattoos through a laser process that breaks up the pigment and causes it to fade over a course of multiple treatments. This process takes four to ten sessions depending on the size, quality and color of the tattoo. La Clínica provides tattoo removal services every other month for participants who keep their commitments.
To be considered for Project New Start, participants should be:
Read the Project New Start Report 2011
Read a story about one of our patients by clicking here.