Into The Abyss:
A Personal Journey into the World of Street Gangs

by Mike Carlie, Ph.D.        
Michael K. Carlie
Continually updated.

~ Table of Contents ~
Home | Foreword | Preface | Orientation

What I Learned | Conclusions
End Note |
| Appendix
Site Map / Contents
| New Research

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What Some Other Communities Are Doing

By Steve Nawojczyk
Copyright 1997 The Nawojczyk Group

After receiving unfavorable national attention in January 1993 when Little Rock, Arkansas surpassed New York and Los Angeles to become No. 1 in the nation for its number of homicides per capita, the stunned community subsequently mobilized to better the opportunities for at-risk youth. Programs were refined, and through individual, private, public and social agencies, tremendous strides have been made. The following are examples of those noteworthy programs.

Let Our Violence End (L.O.V.E.). A non-profit organization that serves as a facilitator to network businesses, churches, schools, law enforcement and volunteers, assists communities in developing community-based approaches for the prevention of violence in the schools and community, and offers hands-on assistance in implementing those programs. Contact Robert Holt, Post Office Box 21408, Little Rock, AR 72221; (501) 228-4669.

The Koban Project. A program established in a high-crime area in east Little Rock, funded by a grant from the Eisenhower Foundation and in collaboration with the City of Little Rock's community oriented policing program, the Koban Project serves its neighborhood by providing activities, tutoring and resources for the residents and children. Rev. William Rufus, Post Office Box 420, Little Rock, AR 72203; Tel: (501) 374-3440; Fax (501) 374-2080.

Civilian Student Training Program (CSTP). A state-support program operated by the Arkansas National Guard for at-risk kids with measurable results. Contact Tom Copeland, Program Director, CSTP, P.O. Box 1-Camp Joseph T. Robinson, North Little Rock, Arkansas 72199-9600; Tel: (501) 212-5364; Fax (501) 212-5369.

Joseph Pfeifer Camp. A wilderness camp setting teaching at-risk kids life and survival skills. Contact Sanford Tollette, Executive Director, 5512 Ferndale Cutoff, Little Rock, AR 72211; (501) 821-3714.

Watershed Human & Community Development Agency. A successful oasis in the heart of one of the most crime-ridden areas in metro Little Rock offering neighborhood support in the form of activities and tutoring. Contact Rev. Hezekiah Stewart, 3201 Confederate Boulevard, Little Rock, AR 72206; (501) 378-0176.

Friendly Chapel F.L.A.M.E. A church-based organization that operates a soup kitchen, housing for the homeless and many other self-help programs to improve the quality of life for the residents and children in their neighborhood. Contact Brother Paul Holderfield, 116 S. Pine St., North Little Rock, AR 72114; (501) 371-0912.

Copyright 1997 The Nawojczyk Group

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