Larice Nelson is a victim advocate for the Institute for Nonviolence Chicago in the Austin community. Based on the arc of his life, he was that at the highest risk of being a victim of gun violence and he was shot twice in 2017. But an interaction with a street outreach worker from the Institute for Nonviolence changed his trajectory. He spent a year in the Institute’s program that included therapy, mentoring and training and was hired after he completed the program. In his new role, he works directly with the victims of gun violence and their families. He became a victim himself but, rather than returning to his earlier response of retaliation, he recovered from his wounds and returned to the community as an advocate. To read more about Larice Nelson’s journey, click here.
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