Former Gang Member Creates Charity to Help Ex-Cons Find Jobs

A former South Los Angeles gang member has dedicated his life to mentoring ex-cons, helping them find jobs and rebuild their lives, through his nonprofit organization.

After spending his entire young life in and out of jail, former Rolling 20s gang member Skip Townsend decided he had enough and decided to turn his life around, and to help others do the same.

In 2006, Townsend started 2nd Call, a nonprofit community program that’s rebuilding lives. The organization offers classes on everything from domestic violence to job readiness.

“We’re all doing things that weren’t there for us when we were younger,” Townsend said.

A year and a half ago, Townsend learned one of his childhood friends Charles Slay, known on the streets as Lil Man, had been released from prison after spending 27 years in jail on a murder charge.

Townsend decided to use his new foundation to help his childhood friend get his life back on a track.

“I felt compelled to help him with this journey because I know how hard it was for me,” he said.


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