For numerous years Skipp Townsend has been a key interventionist to the city of Los Angeles Gang Reduction Youth Development (GRYD).
Skipp responds to incidents of violence in the community at the same time law enforcement is deployed to investigate. Skipp and other interventionist use their community relationships to calm matters, control rumors and reduce retaliation between the victims emotional family and friends and the community believed to be responsible.
Skipp Townsend, is also Co-founder and CEO of 2nd Call, a violence reduction and reentry program based in South Los Angeles, serving the greater Los Angeles area. He serves as an executive board member of the Southern California Cease Fire Committee.
Prior to 2nd Call and his intervention work in the community, Mr. Townsend was identified as an active gang member in the CAL Gangs database used by law enforcement to identify local gang affiliates. After transitioning from a negative life style, Mr. Townsend received various forms of formal training, such as Imagine 21 by Lou Tice and the Pacific Institute; California State University LA- Pat Brown Institute; Grief Recovery by Russell Friedman; training through the University of Southern California School of Public Policy collaboration with the Advancement Project Urban Peace Academy; and most recently, the National Building Trades Multi-Craft Core Curriculum (MC3) Instructors "Train the Trainer" course.
As a community activist, Mr. Townsend currently facilitates intervention trainings for Los Angeles city certified intervention workers and law enforcement officials through the Los Angeles Violence Intervention Training Academy. Mr. Townsend also regularly facilitates trauma informed life skills courses throughout various communities in the greater Los Angeles area along with facilitating course through various CA prisons. Because of his personal history, experience and training, Mr. Townsend has been requested to facilitate trainings nationally, including Fontana, CA, Sacramento, CA; Memphis, TN, Columbus, Ohio, Anniston, AL; and Douglasville Georgia.