Milwaukee youth group starts anti-gun violence campaign
MILWAUKEE - A renewed effort has started Tuesday to keep teenagers from Milwaukee away from gun violence.
The group Running Rebels is asking for volunteers for its anti-violence work.
It has begun a new, edgy campaign Tuesday with bus shelters saying "I can stop a speeding bullet. So can you."
Victor Barnett is behind the program. He founded Running Rebels more than 30 years ago.
"It's an alternative to corrections. We feel a lot of our young people deserve and earn that second chance in life."
The group says homicide is the number one killer in the city for youth who are 15 to 19 years old.
Running Rebels is pushing to change that.
The organization has operated for more than 30 years. It focuses on youth who are difficult to reach, particularly in the juvenile justice system.
Mario Drain got a second chance.
"When I was 16 years old, I participated in an armed robbery," he admitted to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.
Drain faced a lifelong prison charge, but instead came to Running Rebels.
Now, he helps fight crime in Milwaukee.
"What I've learned here has motivated me to pay it forward."