FRESNO, Calif. — Devrick Hill had dreams of being a star NFL player. However, reality shattered those dreams during Devrick Hill’s freshman year at Fresno High School.
“Yeah. I thought that I would be the best NFL player, until my cousin passed away in ninth grade. It kind of changed my life. Hill said, “It put me in a deep pit.” Hill said, “Music is how I relieve my pain. Sing if you are feeling lonely. Make a song for the mad. Happy, sing a song.
Violence is common in the city’s west.
Aaron Foster, the program manager said, “We have violence as L.A. but we have turfs such the Bay.” Advance Peace Fresno. “So, red or blue don’t really have any impact here. It’s the place you live.
Foster claims that the cycle is fuelled by trauma and grief.
My son was a gang member but my daughter wasn’t. Foster said that Foster was also killed on Memorial Day and then, four years later, was shot to death. “We had to come up with a plan because retaliation wouldn’t only make it worse, but would do more.”
Foster, a former gang member, sought out strategies to end the violence in other cities. He found one that would build trust with the most likely to pull the trigger.
The Advance Peace model was founded in Richmond, California. It trains ex-gang members to mentor active criminals, and builds bridges through shared experiences.
The police told Devone Boggan in 2009 that fewer than 30 men were responsible to 70% of Richmond’s gun crime. Boggan responded by creating the Peacemaker Fellowship model in the following year.
The devices are deployed in cities such as Sacramento and Stockton. model is helpingTensions between gang members can be diffused before they escalate into violence.
Advance Peace Fresno, after many years of lobbying for the program’s creation, was granted state funding in 2020. The California Violence Intervention and Prevention grant (CalVIP), which has a budget of more than $900,000. Over three years, will be matched with private and local philanthropic resources to fund the program.
Participants who agree to a 18-month fellowship will be paired with mentors who help them set personal goals. You may want to attend parent classes or pay any outstanding vehicle violations. Long-term goals could include completing school or rebuilding relationships with family members.
It may take six months to get him to be interested, but I have been showing up every day for six month. Foster said Foster: “He knows that I won’t go anywhere and can then open up to me and share his hopes and dreams.”
Ron Wade, Field Coordinator, states that mentors are available 24/7 to keep in touch with participants.
Wade said, “Being reliable and consistent builds trust.” Wade said that many of these men are used to not living in a structured family environment and don’t like being let down.
Wade and his crew go into the streets to prevent violence from retaliation and other incidents.
“Regardless of what society might call this person, I see a young man who made a bad choice, and I want him to be helped. Foster stated that you have other options than getting a gun to settle any disputes.
Hill, who lost his cousin, turned to ganglife and finally put his trust into the program.
Hill said, “They really gave me studio time and beats, confidence.” Hill said, “I still go through things every day. Although I still need extra motivation and confidence, I am not as far down the rabbit hole.“
Participants are eligible for a monthly stipend of up to $1,000 after six months. Critics have skepticism about a plan that rewards criminals.
“He must earn it. It’s not a stipend. Foster said that it is an earned income credit to help you achieve the goals you have set.
Foster claims that the stipend would be much less for younger participants.
Foster said, “I think that this program’s essential to change.” “It won’t happen overnight, because it didn’t get bad overnight.
Hill believes that having something to believe is a way to fill a void. Hill is working hard to finish school and pursue music.
“Make me feel like someone is there for me. Hill said that music makes her feel complete, as I have said.
“He starts to feel better about himself as he achieves milestones,” Foster said. Foster added that then, we set higher goals.” Foster said, “We allow them to dream.”