Joseph Marshall had been an educator for the San Francisco Unified School District for more than two decades when he decided that classroom teaching wasn’t enough. Promising young students whom he’d seen in his math class weren’t making it. Instead, they were being lost to drugs, gang violence, prison, or teen pregnancy. In 1987, Marshall founded the Omega Boys Club to provide after-school tutorial, mentorship, and violence prevention programs for the predominantly African American youth of the Potrero Hill neighborhood. The club emphasizes academic achievement, nonviolence, and noninvolvement with drugs, and it provides college scholarship support to its participants.
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