SAY Gives Ex-Gang Members a Clean Slate

SAY Gives Ex-Gang Members a Clean Slate

New Skin from Social Advocates for Youth on Vimeo.

Take a moment to remember your first job interview. You might have known to dress up, or come prepared with a smile and a handshake, but what if you hadn’t been told how to make a good first impression?

That’s where SAY’s Youth Employment Center comes in: we help youth find jobs, write resumes, and practice their interviewing skills. Harvard Business Review says that 93% of a first impression is based on appearances. What kind of chance do you think an ex-gang member will have if he shows up for an interview with visible gang tattoos?

Here at SAY, we know that our programs help youth turn their lives around, and that that the help we offer will have lasting impacts. Our Clean Slate Tattoo Removal Program demonstrates this by giving young people who want to make a change the opportunity to succeed.

Erik Castro, an extraordinary photo journalist contacted us about wanting to capture the power of this change on film, this summer he worked with two inspirational young men who wanted a clean slate and turned to SAY to do it. Please take a few moments to watch the video above, and let us know what you think.

Erik’s video also inspired a great article about our Clean Slate program which was published in Sunday’s edition of the San Francisco Chronicle. You can read the article online here.

If you’d like to learn more about our programs, please sign up for a tour of our programs.

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