May 26, 2011 by Shepherd Express — The Running Rebels Community Organization, founded in 1980 by Victor Barnett, works with at-risk youths to provide positive alternatives to gangs and substance abuse. Headquartered at 1300A W. Fond du Lac Ave., Running Rebels offers educational, athletic, artistic and vocational programs.

In addition to improving the lives of participants, the nonprofit also takes a proactive role in the community, organizing many service-oriented events each year.

Volunteers are crucial to the group’s continuing success. Readers who wish to help as academic mentors or work with youth in the many outdoors programs, among other opportunities, are encouraged to call 414-264-8222 or visit

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