Catching Them Early
In Richmond, California, gang violence, drug abuse, and teen pregnancy are daily realities for at-risk youth. But this cycle of despair is being broken by a coalition of community agencies formed to intervene on a day-to-day, one-on-one basis. In this program, the methods and results of Lincoln Elementary School and its Lion Club, Familias Unidas, Child Haven, and Head Start are examined. Together, their mission is to provide wholesome activities that build confidence and cultural identity, demonstrate models for conflict resolution, show teen parents how to take care of their children, teach life skills, and, above all, offer love and emotional support so that the children and teenagers can learn to live better lives.