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Dontae Blake speaks from experience as he works to reduce gang violence in the community through a program called “Unify Portland, Living Free.” A former gang member, he has turned his life around and now works with an organization creating outdoor excursions for at-risk kids, helping them develop skills and interests that lead to productive lives.

Dontae Blake speaks from experience as he works to reduce gang violence in the community through a program called “Unify Portland, Living Free.” A former gang member, he has turned his life around and now works with an organization creating outdoor excursions for at-risk kids, helping them develop skills and interests that lead to productive lives.

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Putting At-Risk Kids on Path to Non Violence

Youth mentor speaks from experience

Dontae Blake, 43, is an ex-gang member from northeast Portland trying to reconcile his past by connecting younger gang members to nature in an effort to prevent them from going down the same path he once walked down.