SNUG program looks to hire former gang members, prisoners as mentors

Members of the SNUG program are looking to hire former gang members and prisoners as outreach workers who can steer at-risk youths down the right path.



The SNUG program, which is guns spelled backward, is searching for full-time outreach members for $30,000 per year plus medical benefits. They are also looking for part-time workers known as "violence interrupters," which would pay $15,000.



Through the program, officials hope to halt talk of revenge in the halls of waiting rooms and emergency rooms before it becomes action.



So-called interrupters are already in places like Buffalo and Yonkers. Mentors hit the streets late at night or early in the morning, when gangs tend to operate.



New hires will be on the New York City streets on Aug. 1.


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