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SNUG program manager John Thompson listens to SNUG (Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

SNUG program manager John Thompson listens to SNUG members speak at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Yonkers former gang members keep streets safe

Members of Yonkers' SNUG program were interviewed about their work at the YMCA in Yonkers. The organization, whose name is taken from "guns" spelled backward, has helped reduce the number of shootings in the Yonkers from 34 in 2010 to 8 last year, a nearly 76 percent decline, police officials said. Members of the program, who were formerly incarcerated themselves, reach out to at-risk youth, respond to emergency calls and aim to "interrupt" violence before it happens.

SNUG program manager John Thompson listens to SNUG
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

SNUG program manager John Thompson listens to SNUG members speak at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Cardale �Hanif� Walker, a member of SNUG, speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Cardale �Hanif� Walker, a member of SNUG, speaks at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Charles �Flip� Barnette, a member of SNUG, speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Charles �Flip� Barnette, a member of SNUG, speaks at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

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Eugene �Bosco� Jackson, a member of SNUG, speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Eugene �Bosco� Jackson, a member of SNUG, speaks at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Members of SNUG talk at the Yonkers YMCA
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Members of SNUG talk at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Keith �K� Guinyard, a member of SNUG, speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Keith �K� Guinyard, a member of SNUG, speaks at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. (March 28, 2013)

Gregory �Humza� Myers, a member of SNUG, speaks
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Gregory �Humza� Myers, a member of SNUG, speaks at the Yonkers YMCA about the program's effectiveness in reducing violence in the streets of Yonkers. Fellow SNUG members Eugene �Bosco� Jackson, left, and Charles �Flip� Barnette listen. (March 28, 2013)

Members of SNUG, from left, Charles
(Credit: Xavier Mascarenas)

Members of SNUG, from left, Charles "Flip" Barnette, Eugene "Bosco" Jackson, Keith "K" Guinyard, seated, Cardale "Hanif" Walker and Gregory "Humza" Myers are photographed at the Yonkers YMCA. (March 28, 2013)

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