As violence continues to rip scars into the metro, one of its victims is determined to put his life on a different path.
Steven Cook showed us some of the damage that bullets did to his body in March of last year.
"Right here in my arm, the bullet went through my arm, pierced one of my lungs, collapsed the other lung, and it got stuck under my arm pit," he said.
Two scars are all that remain as evidence of a lifestyle that Cook once lived.
"Every day I wake up, I think about it," he said. "I just think, I just gotta make a better choice than I did before."
The 23-year-old is on probation now. We caught up with him at 16th and Farnam waiting for the bus that takes him to work. One day earlier, on the advice of his probation officer, Cook began a new grant-funded program.
"I felt like whatever, whatever she had in mind that I could do, I am willing to do it, to make a better impact on my life."
She is CVI Probation Officer Abby Kossow who told us, "The guys that the grant are targeting are on probation right now. Most of them have either gang ties or live in areas that we know have gang issues going on."
Kossow connected Cook to the program. She says it's about providing the tools Cook and others like him need to stay off the street and out of jail.
"I think it shows them there's a lot of people in the community willing to support them if they are willing to make positive moves forward," Kossow said.
For Cook, even though that means working at the local burger joint, he says he'll do what it takes.
"It's a lot of people out here that make the wrong decisions," he said. "But if you are willing to make the right decision that could change your whole lifestyle, then do it."
Part of the program includes a 10-week course. Participants will receive $50 but they have to take part in community give-backs that include working to clean up vacant lots and house in the neighborhood.