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'Original gangsters' get training as interventionists

About_us_3 (1) An interventionist can make about $36,000 a year.

They are former gang bangers trained by an institute in South Los Angeles to help reduce violence.

Some are also employed by nonprofit agencies under contract to the city, and others by nonprofits working independently.

There are some who work informally as volunteers.

Former homegirl Nicola Daugherty said she brought up three of her seven children to follow her footsteps. After serving prison time for selling cocaine, witnessing driveby shootings, seeing her 18-year-old brother killed, and finally changing her life through a church, she's now set on saving her own kids and others.

"I only taught my boys what I knew - gang-banging," the 40-year-old hairdresser said. "It's my duty and job to pull them out. It's still not too late."

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