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“Str8-Up has been helping young men and women escape the gang life for decades. Started in Saskatchewan’s prison system in the mid-1990s, the program aims to show young people a way out of gangs. The stories of how members escaped can be terrifying. So, too, are the stories of how they entered gang life in the first place. Now, a new book compiles those stories with the aim to show others there is hope. STR8 UP: Stories of Courage — A Healing Workbook is an “autobiographical workbook” that features the stories of 29 men and women who share their personal stories of recovery. Many are ex-gang members and many have spent time in prison. Here’s an excerpt from one of those personal stories from Str8-Up member of Jorgina Sunn.”

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