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New Program To Help Prevent Gang Violence

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PASCO, Wash.-- Local teens at risk for gang violence in the Tri-Cities now have a new program to turn to.

Members of the Born Again Soldiers Fighting Academy meet 5 says a week for three hours at 516 West Clark Street in Pasco. The program was created for teens at risk of joining a gang or those who are already in one.

Some of the teens are even in rival gangs. The program has been around for three months now, and has close to 50 active members.

"Many of them are coming were involved in gangs, a lot of them just decided to walk away from that in order to come train with us, because that's one of our things, the minute you step into this building you leave all that gang stuff behind," said Tony Solis, one of the founders of BASFA.

Solis is one of three people who started the program. He joined forces with Sheri Hart from Child Protective Services and Dustin Martin, a former gang member.