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It Takes a Team

Brian Center | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Brian Center

The news that homicides are way down in LA despite economic tough times is a fantastic chance to highlight a lot of positive work that was done in 2010 and to step into 2011 with hope.

Horsing Around With Gangs: Horse Whisperer Meets Gang Advocate

Molly Secours | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Molly Secours

In spite of the 9000 miles that lie between them -- both culturally and racially -- after listening to them discuss their passions for their work with troubled horses and at-risk youth, you might think Joe Guy and Ron Johnson were related.

Charm School 101 for the College Student

Tracey D. Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Tracey D. Smith

When I wake up in the morning, I find sheer enjoyment walking to my dressing area, opening the huge doors of my closets, and selecting my fashion ense...

Revisiting West Side Story (VIDEOS)

George Heymont | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
George Heymont

Although I did not see the original production of West Side Story, I've been lucky to see several others.

Summer Night Lights Celebrates Its Most Successful Season Yet

Antonio Villaraigosa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Antonio Villaraigosa

The results are in, and the numbers don't lie: Our 2010 Summer Night Lights was a resounding success, empowering our communities and dramatically redu...

Rigoberto Ruelas and The Valued-Added Double Double with Cheese

Dennis Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Dennis Danziger

Rigoberto Ruelas was a man who made a difference, a man who gave his way too short a life to his community and to his students.

Searching for Peace Summit

Tio Hardiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

CeaseFire recently organized a Peace Summit. You could sense the tension in the air: the crowd was composed of more than 300 young men and women from some of Chicago's meanest streets.

Dear Sen. Feinstein & Sen. Hatch, Let's Stop Sending Our Kids to Prison!

Russell Simmons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Russell Simmons

While the average incarceration rate in the United States is 7 times the international average, for blacks the average rate is over 22 times the international average. The Youth PROMISE Act aims to address that.

Emotionally Disturbed Inner City Students

Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dr. Ronald Ricker and Dr. Venus Nicolino

The problems facing today's inner city students, particularly those with behavioral and emotional problems, are innumerable and daunting. The Linden Center is an example of a program that attempts to deal with these problems.

Requiring Parents to Send Children to Gang- and Drug-Infected Schools Is State Sanctioned Child Abuse

Joseph A. Califano Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joseph A. Califano Jr.

Most adults do not encounter gangs and drugs at work each day. Why do we force millions of our children to encounter gangs and drugs at school each day?

Gang Members Torch Bus In El Salvador, Killing 14

AP | DIEGO MENDEZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Gang members opened fire on a bus on the outskirts of El Salvador's capital, then doused it with gasoline and set it...

A Novel Approach to Stem Gang Recruitment of Minors

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Caster

Shouldn't there be a law that adds an automatic and very significant enhancement to the sentence of any adult who participates in a crime that involves a youth as a co-conspirator?

Gang Violence: How the Church Can Help

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Romal J. Tune

A major issue is the decline of young people attending church, coupled with a rise in gang recruitment. There is a lot that churches can learn from how gangs recruit and maintain a strong presence in the community.

Reclaiming Our Streets

Wendy Greuel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Wendy Greuel

This morning I released a follow-up audit of the City's Comprehensive Citywide Anti-Gang Strategy. I strongly believe that this audit is among the most important I will conduct.

Police Your Teens, Or Else?

Philip N. Cohen | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Philip N. Cohen

According to the latest research, unsupervised hanging out is nothing but trouble. But trouble is, what trouble? Or, compared to what? New research i...

Mexican Prison Released Inmates To Carry Out Killings, Prosecutors Say

AP | MARK STEVENSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MEXICO CITY — Guards and officials at a prison in northern Mexico allegedly let inmates out, lent them guns and sent them off in official vehicl...

'Homeboy And Homegirls' Need Money to Keep Their Jobs

Toan Lam | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Toan Lam

Homeboy Industries needs $5 million dollars to get through the next six months. Father Boyle says due to the bad economy, grants and donations dwindled, so they need the money to bridge the gap.

South Shore Drill Team Helps Young People Succeed In Chicago's Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For teenagers in Chicago's turbulent South Side, staying in school and away from trouble can be a challenge. For 30 years, the South Shore Drill Team ...

Ivory Price, Detroit Teen, Works To Fix Up Neighborhood With BuildOn

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For Ivory Price, a teenager growing up in an impoverished Detroit neighborhood, tales of the city's heyday are a distant dream. Now, as a volunteer fo...

Where Gangs Once Ruled, Jesuit Priest Gregory Boyle Helps Kids Who Want To Trade Bullets For Jobs

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jesse Kornbluth

In 1988, Gregory Boyle opened a school; four years later, he launched Homeboy Industries. Gang members looking for a way out of the cycle of violence and death showed up.

'Soul of a Citizen,' Volunteers Can't Solve Our Problems: For Every House Habitat Builds, 100s More Are Homeless

Paul Loeb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Paul Loeb

Through Global Youth Service Day, millions of young women and men got involved in their communities last week, often taking their first steps into liv...

Where Is the Obama Administration on Juvenile Justice Reform?

Jacqueline Caster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jacqueline Caster

It's time to see White House leadership for these at risk youth who are failing to receive the help they need and unnecessarily putting our communities at risk from both a public safety and a fiscal perspective.

Carl Williams, Australia's 'Smiling Assassin', Killed In High Security Prison

Telegraph | Bonnie Malkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Carl Williams, Australia's most notorious underworld killer, was supposed to be safe from assassination in prison. ...

Hope for Literacy -- and for Women

Seth Freeman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Seth Freeman

A beautiful country of green mountains and scenic lakes, natural resources and hard working people, Guatemala is a troubled place.

Learning Works Charter School Chasers Help Dropouts Graduate

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

"Chasers" make all the difference at Learning Works! Charter School in Pasadena, California. Unlike at a typical educational institution, the Learning...