Obama Visits Former California Gang Members

By  | 

LOS ANGELES (AP) - President Barack Obama met privately Thursday with four former gang members and the head of a Los Angeles nonprofit that helped them turn around their lives.

The brief meeting took place after Obama's speech Thursday at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. It was part of his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative, which aims to connect youth to mentors and support networks to gain skills to get a job or go to college.

Obama met with Homeboy Industries founder Father Gregory Boyle, 18-year-olds Jhonny Iglecias and Raymond Maldanado, and 19-year-olds Herbert McKinley and Anthony Swift.

Also in the meeting were U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Congresswoman Karen Bass and state Assemblyman Steven Bradford.