THAT’S USUALLY A GOOD THING AND THEY ARE EXCITED TO GET BACK OUT THERE. JAIME: OR SHOP IN EAST L.A. IS PROVIDING BUILDING BLOCKS FOR THE ROOT KITS. JEFFREY NGUYEN SHOWS US IN TONIGHT’S CENTRAL FEATURE. STEP INTO THE GARAGE AND EAST L.A. AND YOU WILL FIND MORE THAN JUST TRUCKS AND WHEELS AT THIS SKATEBOARD SHOP. JUST ASK ERIC MINEAR IS. THIS IS WHERE IT DOUBLES AS AN AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM CALLED SKATE FOR EDUCATION. THERE IS A HALF-PIKE FOR KICKERS THEY CAN’T HAVE FUN UNTIL THEY DO THEIR HOMEWORK. ERIC DIAZ FIRST CAME INTO THE WHEN HE WAS 10 YEARS OLD. THE TIME HE WAS WORKING FOR DRUG DEALERS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. SO DID SOME OF HIS CHILDHOOD FRIENDS. THEY NEVER MADE IT TO 17. THAT’S THE WAY IT WAS. THE KILLS ME TO THIS DAY THAT THEY’D MAKE IT. REPORTER: THEY OWNED THE STORE THAT OPENED IN 2007 AS A BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY BUT THEY TURNED IT INTO A NONPROFIT TO SHIELD THE NEIGHBORHOOD KIDS WHO HAVE BEEN HANGING OUT HERE. WE ARE TRYING TO DO IS GRAB THE KIDS AND PUT THEM ON A FOUNDATION. REPORTER: THE GRICE HAS PARTNERED WITH THE USC CENTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. AND HE WAS ABLE TO EARN A GRANT TO FUND THIS COMPUTER ROOM. SPENDING IN TERMS OF — THEY RESPECT WHAT WE DO. PREFER SOME OF THE ORIGINAL GANGSTERS OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD NOW HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE MEMBERS. ERIC DIAZ THE FORMER IS NOW IN HIS THIRD YEAR OF CAL STATE L.A. STUDYING CIVIL ENGINEERING. HOPES TO ONE DAY HAVE HIS OWN COMPANY TO PROVIDE JOBS FOR OTHERS. LIKE ERIC RAMIREZ WHO HAS NEVER KNOWN HIS DAD OR HIS MOM AND HIS BEEN LOCKED UP FOR MOST OF HIS LIFE. HE LIVES WITH HIS GRANDMOTHER AND HE DIDN’T CARE ABOUT SCHOOL UNTIL HE DISCOVERED THE GARAGE. IT’S A NEW FAMILY. REPORTER: NEW FAMILY THAT HAS SHOWN HIM A NEW PATH.

East LA Skate Shop Doubles As After-School Program
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4 thoughts on “East LA Skate Shop Doubles As After-School Program

  • September 19, 2019 at 5:48 pm
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    Oh this is brilliant! Our sons are in the skate world. When they were young it was always a struggle with getting the homework done first. What a perfect idea these smart people had. 🏆

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  • September 19, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    Awesome

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  • September 19, 2019 at 9:17 pm
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    OHHHHH…. I know where that's at

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