Casting Calls

Gang violence is ravaging America’s inner cities. From Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis to Philadelphia, Newark and Detroit, cities across the country are losing entire generations of young people and scores of innocent bystanders to the fight. The police and politicians are often helpless to stem the tide of bloodshed. In response, brave young people have come forward to reclaim their neighborhoods, often accomplishing what the authorities haven’t.

Are you fighting back against gang violence in your neighborhood? Are you working with your peers or mentors to prevent gangs from recruiting your friends and family? Or, are you a reformed ex-gang member helping current members escape the lifestyle? Have you joined a crew that shares the same mission as you, or are you looking to start one?

If you’d like to share your struggle against gang violence with a broader audience, MTV’s Emmy-winning docu-series True Life wants to hear from you! Email us at

if you appear to be between the ages of 16 and 30. Don’t forget to include your name, location, phone number, a recent photo of yourself and a description of your efforts.