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CLEVELAND -- A former Cleveland gang member says he is surprised by the violence in Cleveland, since he left jail two months ago. He wishes to remain anonymous.

At 17, he went away until he turned 21 for being involved in a shootout that wounded three people.

"I knew it wasn't right, but I liked the adrenalin rush," he said.

Since leaving the correctional system, he is trying to reach out to current gang members to stop the violence.

"I have a job now, I have my driver's license and I'm taking college classes, I'm going to be successful," he said

He works with the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance-- which is involved with street outreach. They have a Back to School supply drive:

August 5 at Cory Rec Center from 3 to 6 p.m.

August 8 at Glenville Rec Center from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

They still need supplies for back to school.

Follow WKYC's Education Reporter Kim Wheeler on Twitter: @KimWheelerWKYC

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