Little Village couple combats gang violence with after school program

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A local couple beat all odds to keep their neighborhood and the children living in it safe.   Even as gangs threatened their safety they stood their ground and have created one of the most successful after-school programs in Little Village.

Rob and Amy Castaneda started Beyond the Ball in 2000 as a way to fight local gangs taking over their neighborhood.  Their Little Village home was set on fire three times by gang members wanting to stop the Castaneda’s efforts to get police involved.  Instead of leaving the neighborhood they decided to start an after-school program to keep children away from crime.

Beyond the Ball is now in its 13th year and is thriving.

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