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About 500 freshmen at Maricopa High School heard a presentation this week from intervention specialists Rob and Lucinda Boyd.

The founders of The Streets Don’t Love You Back program showed a Reelz episode of “Gangsters: America’s Most Evil,” which features Rob Boyd talking about his gang life. Boyd then spoke to them personally.

“The students were really receptive and respectful for the most part,” teacher Forrest Nuzum said. “Some of the students gathered more information from him after the presentation.”

The Boyds talked at six assemblies of students Monday and Tuesday. Lucinda Boyd shared her life experience about overcoming abuse and other challenges.

The Streets Don’t Love You Back educates against gangs, drugs, violence and abuse. Lucinda Boyd created the program’s life skills intervention program and wrote its accompanying booklet.

In March, the Boyds spoke at MHS’s Parent University. Nuzum said he thought their story would be enlightening for the freshmen he teaches.

“A lot of it was material that we touch on in the classroom,” he said. “I thought it was very productive.”

The Boyds present the intervention program for free at the Maricopa courthouse on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m.


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