Thell Robinson in The Columbus Dispatch

The columbus dispatchArea businessmen help young guys suit up, move forward, January 2016

“The crowd that Brandon Martin addressed last month was larger than expected. Asked by organizers of a conference to talk about his decade as a gang member — a candid discussion of street life and survival — the 23-year-old found himself looking out at more than 100 adults in a Dublin auditorium. “I’m a shy person,” he said recently, tugging at a shirt sleeve that obscured part of a tattoo on his right hand symbolizing his previous loyalty. A stylish gift not only helped Martin to mask his past but also move forward.”

“Sporting a fitted gray suit, his first time in business attire, the East Side native accustomed to a wardrobe of T-shirts and baggy denim felt his nerves give way to unexpected emotions onstage: He felt cool, collected, confident.”

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