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Boxing out negativity

The West Side of Chicago has long suffered from chronic poverty and a lack of opportunity for young people that has resulted in epidemic levels of violence. In the Lawndale neighborhood, former gang member Derek Brown offers guidance and support to the neighborhood’s children. Brown teaches the boys in the neighborhood how to box — and through boxing, gives them an outlet for their aggression, leadership skills and positive mentoring.

The August 13th episode of Need to Know features an in-depth segment on violent crime in Chicago.