A lot of water has passed under the bridge since the idea germinated; more than 1,000 youths have breathed afresh with the eradication of the indelible ink off their skins that would have loathed and haunted them for life. The San Jose’s Clean Slate Program has stepped in its tenth year with the same motto of redefining lives of thousands of youth by removing gang tattoos they imbibed while their minds were still on the spin. The incredible program is offering them a chance to rejuvenate their lives. In return of the highly expensive laser tattoo removal, the only thing organizers are demanding, instead of hefty sums, is the participants’ commitment to education, work and community service.
What an amazing idea. But you might doubt whether just washing off a bit of ink off the skin can really transform a person? Yes, it can, especially when the participants are not forced to go through the process, although they have to devote some time for social service, but that’s the only requirement. And the program is so designed that it’s not easy for the participants to shun off its magnetism and start the filthy gang life all over again. They must globally publicize the idea and involve other organizations to work towards rehabilitation and transformation of ex-gang members’ lives.