A 17 year old male was struggling to stay out of gangs and find the right path in life. Members of his family have been in the gang life for years. This young man was ordered to attend anger management classes for fighting on school grounds. During class he shared his frustrations with his circumstances and his desire to make positive life choices but felt family problems would continue to plague him. Some of the skills he learned in classes were how to make positive choices, goal setting and communication skills. He seemed to have a better outlook on his life; he participated in classes and even assisted with them. Encouraged to enroll in college, he felt his surroundings prevented him from being a positive role model for others. He decided to enroll in the military. In a note about three months later he expressed to the agency staff that though basic training was tough he was very glad about his decision to join. He hopes that the military would lead to a career and he will be able to some day return home to show others there is a way out of gangs.