Fellow Since 1998
Conquest for Life
This profile was prepared when Glen Steyn was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Glen believes that bad kids are not born: they are made and they can be remade. Many programs working with young people caught up in gangs deal with the symptoms and not the fundamental problem. They send gang members to rehabilitation centers or other forms of counseling but then release them into their previous environment with little or no support. As a former gang member, Glen understands that if young people are to make new life choices, they must change their environment. Five years ago he founded Conquest for Life (CFL), an organization that helps young people escape from gangs and establish a new environment that supports and demands a commitment to life-giving change.