Required Reading: The Stories of Violence Interrupters

Many of our readers are aware that we launched a storytelling partnership with Groupon earlier this year to bring you program success stories from our community partners in Chicago and beyond. Since the first story, Changing Charlie, launched in February, we’ve amassed nearly a dozen more in our storybank—nearly required reading for violence prevention folks.

The stories are written from Groupon interviews with violence interrupters who tell their tales of combatting violence across our nation and often recall personal experiences with violence. The stories carry themes of inspiration, redemption and hope.

Some recent standouts include:

  • The Way Home: Eric Douglas had a five-hour drive ahead of him. The 26-year-old Cure Violence outreach worker was on his way to Five Points Correctional Facility in upstate New York. For this leg of the journey, he’d be by himself. But on the way back to Jamaica, Queens, he’d have the company of Barlow.
  • Gardnel Carter Safe Streets Success: “I’m using my life as an example. I don’t want to see another individual go down the road that I went down,” said director of Baltimore’s Cure Violence partner Safe Streets East Initiative Gardnel Carter. “Everybody has the capacity to change.” After serving close to two decades in prison for an assemblage of charges, Carter became involved in Safe Streets.

We are so excited about these stories and thankful for our partners at Groupon–masterful storytellers, to say the least!

The entire storybank can be found in the “Success Stories” portion of our website: