Walking Wise Men Target At-Risk Youth

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It can be hard out on the streets of Washington, D.C., for young people. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, 20 of the city's 186 murder victims last year were juveniles. And the number of juveniles arrested for homicide shot up 62 percent from the previous year.

Community organizations are integral to the city's effort to divert these young men and women from a life of crime. And grassroots groups work the streets in D.C.'s neighborhoods to try to keep them out of trouble, out of jail — and out of the morgue.

For some 18 years now, The Alliance of Concerned Men has been providing an array of services for these teens and young adults.

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