Los Angeles, California is considered the “gang capital” of the country. Violence has been a problem here for a long time. Here are the facts:
- There are more than 45,000 people that are involved in gangs in L.A.
- The number of active gangs in Los Angeles is 450.
Gangs do not just affect the people in them, it affects others' welfare and health. For example:
- People aged 15-24 have a high rate of dying from gang homicides.
- Turf battles between gangs draw “Invisible lines” in communities.
- These invisible lines leave children feeling scared and worried about their own safety.
- People in LA have a higher chance of getting PTSD than troops returning home from combat zones.
- People in L.A. are not only affected mentally by gangs, they can also develop serious health issues like diabetes and diseases involving the lungs and heart.
A Better L.A. is an organization that runs programs that help empower individuals to rise above adversity and take charge of creating positive futures. Some of these programs are:
- Urban Unity
- Inner City Vision
- People For Community Improvement (PCI)
- Reclaiming America's Communities through Empowerment (RACE)
B.U.I.L.D. stands for Brotherhood for Independent Leadership through Discipline. It has a lot of stuff in it like:
- All-inclusive victim services
- Grief-Responses-Stress Management
- High Risk Youth Modification
- Co-Ed Adolescent & Adult Mentorship
A Better L.A. needs your help to fund these programs. Parents, do you feel safe letting your kids go anywhere? Or are you worried about your child encountering drug dealers, gangs, or people that will hurt them? This is why you have to help the community get better and try to change a gang member's life, so your children can have a safe life.
We should not let our kids see all this bad stuff. Please donate and make it A Better L.A!
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