Chicago gang members seek new lives through writing, reading memoirs

By Bill Kirkos, CNN

November 17, 2017

This piece, which includes a video segment, describes a Chicago “voluntary rehabilitation program that includes writing and reading their own memoirs.” According to the article:

The Chicago program was launched last year by the Emerson Collective and former US Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who moved back to Chicago after his years working in the Obama administration to find that violence in the city had gotten worse, not better…”It’s emotional. It’s inspiring. It’s heartbreaking, but these are remarkable young men, who are telling unbelievable truths and making themselves vulnerable,” Duncan told CNN.
The program can last as long as 18 months and includes job training and other activities to allow participants to transition out of gang activity.


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