Cleaning up the block


Gangs, shootings and drugs all take place in the Western Heights Community. Police keep making arrests but barely make a dent in the problem.

The Baptist Center sits in the heart of Western Heights.
Kids are outside playing Red Light Green Light - but when it's all over, and they go home, life is no longer a game.

"My family lived a life of crime and drugs," said Jaylen Sanders.

Instead of walking down the same criminal path he decided to take a different route.

"I want to be the person who helps kids turn their life around," said Sanders.

That's why he chose to be a mentor, to lead these at risk kids, down a brighter road.

"The kids they're not raised in the best households and their parents aren't the best example," said Sanders.

In an area where going to college is a distant dream and success is even further. Sanders and others like him hope their lives serve as examples.

"I've always wanted to do something more productive with my life instead of being out in the streets," said Desanta Smith.

"A lot of them may get to the point where they're enrolled in college and their parents hold them back," said Natalie Myers.

Jaylen Sanders said failure is not an option.

"Right now, I have a 3.2 GPA in college," said Sanders.

Sanders is studying criminal justice, hoping to come back here, to Western Heights, and make a change in his community.


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