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Jun 19

Reclaiming America’s Youth and Recovering Our Economy

Crime and ennui in Columbia Heights, D.C., overwhelmed the adolescence of Elmer Diaz, a first-generation immigrant from El Salvador. He was always bright, but with his hard-working parents constantly away from home, Elmer’s life became entwined with gangs. He also got into drugs. Then he dropped out of high school.

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