Former prison gang member speaks out to help keep youth away from violence

Former prison gang member speaks out to help keep youth away from violence »Play Video
A presentation by Stay Focused Ministries Saturday evening aimed to keep people out of gangs- by having a former prison gang founder speak of how he overcame his own violent lifestyle.

The discussion was called "Powerpoint: Educating our Community on Gang Awareness" & held at Valley Bible Fellowship Church on Brundage Lane.

Keynote speaker Donald Garcia, "Big D," was a founder of one of the deadliest prison gangs in the California and federal correctional system.

While detailing his life experiences of anger, violence, and crime, Garcia focused on how he overcame that way of life through family & prayer. By sharing his story, Garcia aimed to help others get away from the gang lifestyle & stay on the right track.

Manuel Carrizalez of Stay Focused Ministries, and Victor Garcia were also on hand to share their experiences.

Stay Focused Ministries also has a mentoring program, Reach 4 Greatness, to encourage local youth to go for their dreams and goals. If you would like to participate, you can log onto Reach4greatness.com & Stayfocused.org.