Interview with a victim and former member of Los Angeles Gang Culture

This weekend I had the pleasure of interviewing Maria Salazar who has the courage and vision to share her story. Maria tells her story of growing up in a gang culture and being bused to a nicer area for school-Woodland Hills, but always feeling left out despite having the opportunity to go to a nicer school. Maria has fully recovered from the shooting she was involved in and was able to escape the gangs. Now she works with the Salvation Army and works with teens doing gang prevention.



Maria’s story and her powerful words show us the importance of perspective. Realizing how lucky we are to have a safe environment and accepting others in our schools and communities who might have a different background or come from a less affluent area.

Respect. Open-mindedness. Tolerance.

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  1. Cristin
    July 23, 2008 at 9:14 am #

    Thanks for this moving interview, Vanessa and Maria.
    Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently addressed simlilar gang violence issues and made an equally inspiring video — check it out on our facebook page and tell us what you think!
    Keep up the great work Vanessa!

  2. Vanessa
    July 23, 2008 at 1:02 pm #

    Great, love the Boys and Girls club, I have spoken for a few and you guys do great stuff

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