Ray Balberan, 67, worked as a case manager with at-risk Mission youth from 1980 to 2004, and recently returned to work again as a consultant. “Uncle Ray,” as he’s known in the neighborhood, was honored by the Wellness Foundation with a California Peace Prize in November, for his dedication to community activism and mentorship. In this multimedia presentation he explains his unconventional approach to violence intervention.

Ray Balberan, Violence Interrupter from Mission Local on Vimeo.

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The Mission District has always been Ryan Loughlin’s favorite neighborhood in the City. The tacos of La Taqueria remind him of the food that his host mother used to cook when he was living in Guanajuato, Mexico. As a crime reporter he is getting to know the other side of the area. No, he is not scared (yet). On the contrary, he wants to learn more about all the community organizations that work with kids to keep them off the streets.

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