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In 2000, a childhood friend of Barnabas Uba Shakur, (Foot Soldiers Owner) was accused and found guilty of a crime. Only 19 at the time of his arrest and a member of a notorious street gang called the Bloods, he was given a life sentence. Upon his friend’s conviction, Barnabas was devastated and decided to create change. In 2003, at the age of 23, he founded a nonprofit organization called Bed Stuy’s Project Re-Generation, Inc. (PRG) to help teens from his neighborhood not fall victim to the same circumstance.

The PRG catapulted in 2005 with support from the NY Foundation and other foundations and started a community cleaning initiative for homeowners. Through the organization’s programs more than 1,000 teenagers joined, hundreds of local property owners participated, and reached over 3,000 Brooklyn residents through community give back programs.


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