Alive & Free: The Prescription to End Violence and Change Lives

Transform the lives of young people by treating violence like a disease.

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Our Mission

To keep young people alive and free, unharmed by violence, and free from incarceration. To provide young people with opportunity and support to build positive lives for themselves and to move into contributing roles in society.

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Gangs. Drugs. Covid-19. Domestic Violence.

Human Trafficking. The Opiod Epidemic.

Police Violence. Community Violence.

What can we do about it?

Real Impact

Alive & Free teaches young people how to be immune to the disease of violence and offers a community of support to guide them on the path to college. The prescription creates real change for our communities with measurable results.

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How do we prevent violence across the country and globally?

Join the Alive & Free Movement

To End Violence and Change Lives


Alive & Free Leadership Academy -Registration is Open

Join us in person September 25, 2023

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Street Soldiers Radio-Suicide Awareness & Prevention

Sept. 24, 2023, 8-10pm on

106.1 KMEL & Facebook Live

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Alive & Free Virtual College Prep Class -

Virtual Class will begin January 30, 2024, every Thursday 6pm-9pm. Attendance is mandatory for both Tuesday and Thursday classes.

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Dr. Marshall at the White House: Act Now Summit

In line with the Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys mission to address the critical issues affecting black men and boys, it was a great honor to attend the Act Now Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. with like-minded organizations and individuals dedicated to our mission.

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Last Mile Foundation/Alive & Free's 18th Annual Golf Classic

After 3 long years, the Last Mile Foundation Golf Tournament benefiting Alive & Free was able to be held once again at the Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland, CA.

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Warriors for Justice-

We are excited to share the news that Dr. Marshall has been awarded the Warriors for Justice Award by the Marcus Foster Education Institute.

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Honored by the 49ers -

"Big big thanks to the San Francisco 49ers for honoring me at their home game on Christmas Eve. The recognition was for Inspiring Change for Social Justice."

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Success Stories

Welcome Commissioner Ervin!

I’ve been waiting to share this news for a while. Recently, I was informed that I’ve been accepted to join the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) in Alameda County. This will be my second time serving as a Commissioner (SF Youth Commission 1999-2000) I’m aware of the work ahead and I look forward to…

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From San Francisco to Los Angeles

We would like to introduce our newest college graduate Mr. Mario Goins, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Computer Engineering and a minor in Race & Resistance Studies.  The engineering degree has guided Mario to Los Angeles, CA as he currently interns for a NASA sub-contractor working with small satellites. The…

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2022 Graduate: Mike’l Gregory

“By being in the classroom at Alive & Free-you’re talking about things you’re not talking about in your community,” shares Mike’l Gregory, a recent graduate of USF.

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Dr. Joseph Marshall is recognized as a social entrepreneur for his pioneering work redefining youth violence as a disease and developing the successful Alive & Free Prescription along with Jack Jacqua, a community activist with over 40 years of experience as a teacher, counselor and coach.

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