Gang prevention through mentoring

Published: Friday, Mar. 21, 2014 - 9:03 am
Last Modified: Monday, Mar. 24, 2014 - 9:24 am

Re "Bloody weekend of shootings in Sacramento County leaves 3 dead, 15 injured" (Page A1, March 17): Sacramento recently suffered another rash of gang-related shootings.

It's hard to drum up sympathy for gang members, but people who mentor kids in gangs know that most of them have lived tragic lives of abuse and neglect. To them, gangs become family in a life that offers little comfort and few alternatives. Mentoring saves at-risk kids from gangs and provides an opportunity for good people to make a significant difference in a child's life and in the community.

The Gang Awareness Program (www.gapgangs.com) and Bridge-Network (www.bridge-network.org/mentoring) are looking for men and women who are willing to contribute to the solution by mentoring kids who desperately need caring role models. The minimum commitment is one to two hours a week for a year.

Mentors receive training, resources and ongoing support.

-- Hope Francis, Folsom

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