Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Carlos A. Cruz Santiago's work was prepared when Carlos A. Cruz Santiago was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Carlos Cruz has developed a new approach to reduce the rising problem of youth violence in Mexico’s schools. Through his Cauce Ciudadano Community Center, Carlos is promoting a model of violence prevention that identifies influential gang leaders and helps create new roles for them as nonviolent role models in their schools.
The New Idea
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