I meant to include this in the People at Work story today about the Chicken Shack.

The restaurant’s owner, Darryl Charles, Sr., has been recognized quite a bit for his work with youth in southeast San Diego. Here are a couple of current things:

Last month, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger named Charles to his anti-gang advisory committee for CalGRIP, the California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program.

From a press release, a bio of Charles that tells a little more about his involvement in the community:

Darryl Charles owns several small businesses in San Diego; he has been involved in teen mentoring programs throughout Southern California which provide inner-city adolescents positive examples of African American men in their community. Charles also offers employment opportunities and internships to local at risk families and gang-involved youth. Charles is a member of Black Men United, providing services to at risk families, the local community and disengaged youth (ages 18-24). As one of the founding members of “Overcoming Gangs,” Charles focused on highlighting the ways in which young people from troubled backgrounds can overcome challenges to become successful entrepreneurs and professionals. Charles serves on San Diego’s delegation to the 13-cities Gang Advisory Network.

And the Tariq Khamisa Foundation, an organization that opposes youth violence, will honor Charles with one of its Gandhi Nonviolence Awards on Saturday.


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