Declan, 2015

Beñat Iglesias López

Charcoal on paper

I’m starting my whole life over again. I was part of a gang. Once my niece was born, I tried to separate myself from the gang. That’s not the lifestyle I want my niece to see. She’s my motivation, she’s why I came back to this program. I have to step up and be a brother, a son, and an uncle. They all know I can be it… a great man… but back then I didn’t see it. All I knew was the street. I want to become a youth counselor. I want to catch the young brothers before they even have the thought of gang life.

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