Keko Thompson was trying to cope with his cousin’s killing last September when he was approached by Youth Advocate Programs with an offer for services or connections — a “second chance to get myself together,” as Thompson put it. He accepted. Since that outreach, Thompson has earned a forklift certification and held a job at a warehouse for six months, his longest-ever continuous employment. And he’s been paired with a life coach, Mark Ross, who he speaks with daily.
Group violence strategy offers ‘second chance’ in Baltimore. ‘I’m just grateful,’ participant says.
April 13, 2023