Atlanta Teens Fight Crime

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Crime victims and former gamg members came together at Atlanta City Hall this week to celebrate the group called  Zone Safety Atlanta.  It’s a peer mentoring program that introduces teens to good citizenship and practical skills.  One of the founders calls it “Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts meet urban America.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports on this program, which began during a crime wave in 2002.  Zone Safety Atlanta is credited with reducing recidivism by 60% and violence in schools by 80% among young people and gang members who participate.

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