Thell Robinson, A Thug is a Dud, Columbus, Ohio
Mediating violent conflicts, helping gang members create productive lives.
Tags: Social Justice, Human Rights
What is most compelling about Thell’s program is that is run and operated by former felons and former gang members. They do not collaborate with police or government agencies, and their primary strategy is earning and maintaining the community’s trust, which is likely the secret of their success.
Their 2015 operating budget was under $10K but their team could easily handle a $50-100K budget in 2016. With a budget of this level, they can expand their team on the streets, provide more training programs for youth wanting to leave gangs, and mediate even more conflicts in Columbus.