There’s a place in Sonoma County where even rival gang members can enjoy sharing a nutrition class or a game of Foosball. It takes some effort to get into—but it can be even harder to get out.
Marty Mitchell, a veteran youth probation officer who is now Director of the Los Gulicos facility, observes that the Boys & Girls Club program incorporates teaching social skills, which he has seen take root in some improbable ways.
Boys and Girls Club administrator Michelle Edwards adds a further example.
With success stories such as that, says Edwards, it's no surprise that other clubs in other counties are interested in setting up similar programs.