Multimedia Resources

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  • My story, from gangland daughter to star teacher
    Pearl Arredondo grew up in East Los Angeles, the daughter of a high-ranking gang member who was in-and-out of jail. Many teachers wrote her off as having a problem with authority. Now a teacher herself, she's creating a different kind of school and telling students her story so that they know it’s okay if sometimes homework isn't the first thing on their mind.
  • Gang Member-Turned Ph.D. Mentors Youth on the Fringes
    Victor Rios says he has lived two lifetimes. In his first, he was a gang member, juvenile delinquent and high school dropout. Today, he’s a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who studies at-risk youth.