A former gang member from the most violent town in Long Island, Sergio knows well the need for belonging and the battle for survival that plagues so many teens. Now, as a passionate advocate for gang-prevention, his intervention agency, S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth, seeks to transform the lives of at-risk young people.


Themes of his story include:

  • Facing the reality of gang life & death
  • Finding hope through education
  • Becoming a true leader