Former Denver gang members hope to import job-generating ideas from LA

By Jason Blevins | The Denver Post
Posted:12/06/2015 12:01:00 AM MST

BZ1206HOMEBOYINC3.jpgOn Wednesday, Lamumba Sayers buried 20-year-old cousin D-Andre Mayfield, who was shot and killed while sitting in his car last month in Montbello. On Sunday, the Denver-born mixed martial arts fighter will go to Los Angeles on a city-funded search for strategies to end youth violence by creating jobs.

Sayers is part of a mission led by Denver City Councilman Albus Brooks, who next week will tour the Homeboy Industries facility and glean ideas from a program that uses career-creating job training to turn thousands of ex-gang members away from trouble.

“I think this could change lives,” said Sayers, whose Sayers Citywide Movers company is thriving as he employs more and more childhood friends and reformed gang members from his east Denver neighborhood.

“If you put the right opportunities in place, people will follow. If people have the job opportunities, where they can learn what it’s like to be a business owner, it can change everything.”

Brooks and five other Denver men — including former Crips and Bloods gang members — will tour Los Angeles’ Homeboy Industries, the nationally renowned, gang rehabilitation program. The program, which dates to 1988, works with more than 10,000 former gang members a year, offering them full-time employment, tattoo removal, job training, education, legal help and counseling.

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1 Comment for “Former Denver gang members hope to import job-generating ideas from LA”

  1. Vanessa Guerrero- Velasques

    just continue to be a leader and help others
    there are people that look up to others

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