For 30 years, kids in Los Angeles have been learning to avoid gang activity through a program called Making the Right Connections.
This Lexington County Sheriff’s Department brought the program to South Carolina this summer in an effort to empower children here.
“The goal of this program is the prevention aspect of working gangs,” Investigator Brian Zwolak said. “The Sheriff’s Department is doing a lot of suppression where we go out and enforce the laws and that’s our job, but when you’re working with gangs, it’s a community issue and you also have to deal with prevention.”
Marge Rath founded the six-week program in Los Angeles. Its success encouraged her to take it to other areas that were having the same gang problem. [Read more…]