n a photograph taken Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Dr. Kai Smith, former gang member and now founder and Executive Director of GRAAFICS (Gang Diversion, reentry and Absent Father Intervention Center) jokes with student Tyasia Blair, 16, of East New York, as they walk with other GRAAFICS students in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y. They along with other students at the nearby Brooklyn Collegiate High School enter the GRAAFICS program if they have been part of a "crew," and work to stay focused on getting on with their educations and lives without being part of a neighborhood crew.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Thursday, May 1st, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — There are more than 300 of them in New York — violent crews of dozens of 12- to 20-year-olds with names such as Very Crispy Gangsters, True Money Gang and Cash Bama Bullies.