Safe Passage – Watts, Los Angeles

The prime recruiting age for gangs is 11-14 years old. For junior high students, walking to school through gang territory is often a traumatic experience causing many kids to skip class. C.U.R.E., a community organization in Watts, Los Angeles run by former gang members, recruits ex-convicts to stand guard every day before and after school to provide safe passage for kids going to and from home. The Safe Passage program also provides resume building experience and support with job placement for committed volunteers. C.U.R.E. has also managed to reclaim several parks in the area once used by drug dealers, and now uses them to offer after-school sports programs.