In his teen years, Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. Since that time, after facing a possible 48 years in prison, he has dedicated his life to undoing the damage he helped cause. By redefining respect, power and pride, he has helped countless young people, over the past 20 years, to redefine their own lives through his work in the community. His exceptional leadership capacity is illustrated by his transformation from gang member to receiving the Swanee Hunt Individual Leadership Award from The Denver Foundation. Cisco has worked as a community builder committed to unity, cultural pride and confronting issues that disproportionately affect the youth he serves. He is a locally and nationally recognized leader in the work of youth empowerment and gang prevention. Cisco is a member of the Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver, and served on the Mayor’s Police Review Task Force and the LA RAZA Youth Conference Board. He is the recipient of the Newsed/SFRC Civil Rights Award and the Hispanic Spot Light Award. Cisco is also the founder and editor of several alternative youth focused magazines and is currently publishing podcasts that focus on healing and anti-violence.
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By Bonfils-Stanton Foundation Staff In his teen years, Francisco “Cisco” Gallardo joined what has been one of the largest gangs in Denver’s north side. After facing a possible 48 years in prison, he has dedicated [...]