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pathways to peace

It was 1998 when former Rochester Mayor, Bill Johnson, founded an outreach program focused on helping and inspiring young lives - lives at risk of getting involved in crime or violence for the sake of survival. Fast-forward 21 years and much has changed in our world, but Pathways to Peace is still dedicated to its founding mission. It’s a program with success stories that often go unnoticed, in part, because success is anything but “cookie cutter” when it comes to helping teens know their value. Learn learn what’s new with the outreach effort and how it continues its work to build trust with teens.

An effort that launched more than two decades ago in Rochester to engage youth on city streets and to help teens find alternatives to drugs, gangs, and violence, is still operating. You'll see how how the effort is working, what’s changed, and you'll learn how residents have a role in helping young people find a pathway to peace.

Also on the show, a 21-year-old Hilton man passed on the gift of life and now his family is educating others about the meaning and value of organ donations. You'll hear from his father, the man whose life he saved, and others about the meaning of organ donation.