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          Troubled Teens Turnaround

          December 15, 2010

          Why do some teens feel so hopeless that they’ll risk their lives by turning to gangs and drugs? Dr. Phil and Father Greg Boyle, executive director of Homeboy Industries and author of Tattoos on the Heart, discuss strategies to help troubled kids overcome their darkest demons.

           

          Fighting for Her Son

          April says her 14-year-old son, Isaac, is a drug dealer, a member of the Bloods street gang and is obsessed with knives and guns. She says the teen missed 119 days of school since August, and April found a shotgun and a 9mm in his room along with a bag of cocaine. Isaac says he joined the gang because he was bored, but now he’s in it for the money.

           

          Will the teen get a wake-up call about his dangerous behavior before he gets arrested?


          Futures, Not Funerals
          Homeboy Industries is the largest gang intervention and rehab facility in the country. Father Greg explains how communities can work together to prevent senseless violence. Plus, Dr. Phil talks to a grieving mom who says her 
          3-year-old son was killed in a drive-by shooting.

           

          “The common denominator really is a lethal absence of hope.”

           


          A Changed Man?

          Corbin, 21, was just released from jail last week and says he’s no longer in a gang, but his mother, Lissa, says it’s only a matter of time before he’s back in jail or dead.

           

          Has Corbin really turned his life around? Learn what Father Greg thinks.

           


          A True Champion

          Quinton “Rampage” Jackson says he’s no stranger to gang activity. He says he grew up on the streets and used to sell drugs. Learn how he turned his life around to become a former UFC light-heavyweight Champion and one of the stars of the movie, The A-Team.

           

          Hear Quinton’s heartfelt message for Isaac.

           

           
           

          Related Resources


          Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
          by Gregory Boyle

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