S.T.R.O.N.G. YOUTH believes the cure for Long Island's gang epidemic is empowerment programs. Through photography and storytelling, kids with long-standing roots in Brentwood and immigrants with MS-13 gang affiliation share perspectives on gang violence and options to it.

I AM YOUR PROTECTOR sponsored this workshop in Brentwood, Long Island, Fall 2019, as featured in Newsday, October 15, 2019, in video, and an article.
“Thick and Thin: Love and Loyalty will never fold”
—Akeem, workshop participant