Seattle times offers an overview of the work of A Better Seattle.
For more than a decade, Metrocenter YMCA has been working with street outreach workers, mostly former gang members, who help young people get out of or avoid gangs. The program is expanding in size and geographic area, thanks to Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and his wife, Connie. Good one.
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Microsoft's Citizenship Blog recenly provided a great recap of Pete Carroll's visit to the Microsoft Campus:
We’re into the last week of the Microsoft 2011 employee giving campaign. It has been a very busy month so far, and this week is turning into pure madness, in a good way.
The initiative, which was launched in September, aims to raise awareness and funds for programs designed to prevent gang violence. It builds on the success of Pete’s A Better LA initiative with the support of the Seattle Seahawks and local community leaders, government, nonprofit and business organizations. In Washington, the YMCA of Greater Seattle is a key community partner and the program was one of the beneficiaries of the recent Microsoft employee 5K run.
Alive & Free Outreach Network Director Eleuthera Lisch and Alive & Free Outreach Workers Earl Richardson, Mark Rivers, and Fred Hawthorne were on the KUOW’s Weekday on Friday talking about the issue of gangs, gang violence, and our work to interrupt and help young people recover from the disease of violence in our city. If you have a chance, I recommend listening to the whole show! The show begins with King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterburg and Larry Evans, Legislative Aid to Councilmember Larry Gossett, talking about the history of gangs in our region and their involvement with gang intervention throughout the course of their careers. Pete Carroll, the Seahawks and A Better Seattle are mention at the 35 minute of the interview.