Ex-West Willow gang member profiled for his new role: Street outreach
A former gang member and ex-convict who now works to improve Ypsilanti Township neighborhoods recently was profiled in a WXYZ-TV report.
Tom Perkins | For AnnArbor.com
In August, the street outreach team led a rally in West Willow to encourage residents to fight crime in their neighborhood.
From the AnnArbor.com story previewing the march:
(Whitfield) explained why, after being incarcerated, he is helping the neighborhood heal and why the Street Outreach Team put together the rally.
“I felt I was one who created a lot of problems, so I’ll be the one to solve a lot of the problems,” he said. “I looked at the position the neighborhood was in and felt I needed to be doing something to be able to push the violence back."
Whitfield is quoted in the WXYZ report: "One of my philosophies was if I was the one who actually helped break down the community then I wanted to be there and try and build it up."