NEW YOK (FOX 5 NEWS) - A program in Manhattan called S.A.V.E., or Stand Against Violence East Harlem, is not only acknowledging that gun violence exists, but is intent on addressing the issues from within the community. Experience is valued. And there is no better teacher than one who can relate.
They are looking at gun violence as a disease -- one that is preventable. They look at data and other information to identify the most vulnerable and seek to stop gun violence before it starts.
Their most valued assets are outreach workers from the neighborhood. They are people like Chris Foye and others who can influence youngsters to affect positive change. Foye told the story of how his 13-year-old child was killed by a stray bullet in 2009.
S.A.V.E. announced a collaboration with Getting Out and Staying Out, a program for formerly incarcerated young people.
In addition to the mentors, they help steer folks towards the wrap-around services they need the most: job readiness and training, mental health care, and consistent support.
As Foye told us, we are dealing with high risk: the shooters.
These guys live in and grew up around these neighborhoods. If anybody is going to reach the youngsters -- if anybody has earned the respect -- it is these men.