Forging a path of peace

At just 13 years old, Shawn was recruited to an infamous street gang by his mother’s friends. For two years, they beat him to groom him for a life of violence. “They wanted to toughen me up. They wanted a soldier,” he explains.

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Cooking for her life

When Sophie’s mom was angry at the world, it was Sophie who would suffer. Her mom was overwhelmed and alone with six kids. They were all boys except Sophie, so her mom would be especially hard on her. Sophie would escape the chaos around her by keeping to herself and listening to her music, but [...]

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