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Anti-Gang Initiative to Distribute Seed Money to Grass Roots Orgs

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Aired 4/19/09

The city of San Diego will experiment with a new anti-gang initiative. The city's Gang Commission and the San Diego Foundation will give out seed money, designed to help existing grass roots efforts grow. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more.

Gang-related violence is on the increase in San Diego. The amount of money in the new ‘STOP Gang Violence Now’ Initiative is not much -- $150,000. But the idea is to give small grants of up to $25,000 each to groups already working on the streets -- fast, within the next 30 to 90 days.

Travis Stocking is an OG, an Old Gangster, whose group "Overcoming Gangs" will apply for one of the grants.

Stocking : There's a way to get this rolling the right way. The will is already rolling but we can speed things up with a little bit of money. We been doing it with no money at all -- can you imagine with just a little money some of the things that we can get done.

Stocking says his group tries to get gang members back into school or into jobs. He says small things make a difference -- like fixing a van to takes teens out of the neighborhood, to show them a different world outside. Alison St John, KPBS news.

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