Former Gang Member Speaks to Youth

3/13/2008 Orosi More than 1,500 people packed the gym at El Monte middle school in Orosi Wednesday night.

They took part in a gang summit hosted by Tulare County's Gang Prevention task force.

While adults listened to a deputy talk about "gang awareness", a former gang member spoke to young people. Joshua Huerta, former gang member, says "I want them to know that there is hope, that they don't have to be a part of a gang to get attention. The quickest way to get attention is to be successful and through education."

Wednesday night's program was bilingual and the first held in a rural area of the county.

Organizers say plans are underway to take the program into other communities later this year.

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