The Youth Corps of America

In 2000 With crime on the rise and Tucson ranked number one in violent crimes per capita in the Nation Chris Valdez, Tom Elias, and Carlos “Chato” Madrid started “The Old School Gym”, a small boxing and martial arts studio in the heart of South Tucson. Seeing the desperate need for long-term leadership and mentoring programs, The Youth Corps of America, Inc. was born. Continued collaborations with the Drug Education For Youth DEFY, program, the local Weed and Seed sites we developed successful programs to keep youth busy from 3-8 p.m. while building a strong prevention Nexus. If we do not take the lead, who will?


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