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Funding for anti-gang program to be cut


A popular program aimed at getting gang members out of the life will be cut in June when the grant money runs out.

It's a blow to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

A program aimed at getting kids to walk away from gangs will be ending in a couple of months, and there's nothing to fill the vacuum.

The "Gang-Of-One" pairs at risk youth with adult mentors, who coach the kids on how to get out of gangs, and lead a productive life.

It's not always easy, and not always successful.

Even at that, police have said that it helps level off the numbers of gang members out on the streets.

The program has always been funded with grant money, but there's none left.

Last summer, WBTV talked with a gang member known out on the streets as "Phantom".  He said his mentor was like a father figure to him.

He had planned to get his tattoos lasered off, get out of the gang, and start fresh.

Without the "Gang-Of-One", there may no longer be an outlet for kids who want to escape the lure of the gang lifestyle.

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