Steering Away from Gangs

Posted on March 12, 2011

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Lynn is lucky to have Antonio Gutierrez. Even in these dire economic times when social programs are under the budget ax, he finds a way to spread his message, whether that be through Catholic Charities, Operation Bootstrap, ECCO or on his own. He has worked for all of these organizations as a street outreach worker at one time or another, engaging with kids on the front line of social and individual change. He helped get the actor Lou Gosset Jr. to come to Lynn and give a talk on racism and anti-violence to middle-schoolers last fall. He has spearheaded community improvement initiatives, persuading current gang members to work with each other and the authorities for the good of a neighborhood. He is a board member of the East Lynn Community Association (ELCA).

If you haven’t already seen him in action, click the YouTube link above to view a talk he gave in 2009 to the Sacred Heart CYO. Go to the Sacred Heart CYO’s YouTube channel and view the series of videos.

When ELCA holds its next meeting on Wednesday, March 16th, 7:00 p.m., at the Congregation Ahabat Sholom, 151 Ocean Street in Lynn, see him in person. He’ll be providing up-to-date, first hand information on recognizing the warning signs of a child being drawn into gang activity and means for intervention. You’ll be surprised at how young some children are initiated into gangs. If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, or even neighbors with children, this presentation can be a life saving event.

Consider becoming a mentor to a child in need. You can make a difference.

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