Anti-Gang Group Turns New York Thugs into College Students

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The Christian Science Monitor

Founded as a small anti-gang program in 1975, the Council for Unity says it now reaches 100,000 young people across the globe each year through its curriculum and publishing initiatives, all on a $1.7 million budget. The council’s staff of former gang members goes to schools, community centers and prisons to teach about leadership, conflict management and communication skills. Council founder Bob De Sena, a former gang member, says the group’s youth workers show young gang members that they can leave gangs and lead productive lives. March 31,