Overcoming the obstacles of barrio youth gangs, drugs and violence, Richard R. Ramos has devoted his career to serving high-risk Latino youth & families.
Richard spent his early career as a correctional officer, a Juvenile Hall instructor, at-risk junior high and high school counselor, and a co-founder and director of a gang intervention and prevention coalition.
But it wasn’t until he started making home visits that his eyes were opened to the levels of dysfunction, disrespect, and lack of trust the youth he served were going home to every day. It was then where he realized that no matter how much time, attention, and resources were spent on the youth, both the problems and solutions started with the parents. Since then, Richard has devoted a large part of his career to serving youth by empowering their parents to play a more positive, meaningful role in their lives.
Richard is the President of the Latino Coalition for Community Leadership, a published author, and a national leader in the field of gang prevention. Over his 30 years of community service, he has received several accolades and awards including recognition by the White House Administration, The United States Congress, The California State Assembly, and induction into Morehouse College’s Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapels Board.