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Resource ID: #17954
Subject: Gangs
Source: Sun-Times (Chicago)
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Date: May 7 - 11

Description

Sun-Times reporter Bryan Smith spent six months following Kenny Ruiz, a man using his faith and street smarts to help kids in gangs is some of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods. Ruiz is the head of the Street Intervention Program, a program that tries to reach troubled youth through religion and understanding. In this three-part series, Smith finds that Ruiz's path is not an easy one, placing himself in danger to save the lives of youths he believes can change. But Ruiz also has had troubles of his own, and now has a family to consider alongside his work in the streets. Smith follows Ruiz as he struggles to connect with gangs and contemplates leaving the streets for a regular parish.

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