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We're Solving Nashville's Youth Violence Issue With Compassion


Our Youth Diversion Program

Gentlemen And Not Gangsters is a youth diversion program in Nashville, Tennessee that is tied to the juvenile center. We offer a wide variety of services to address the needs of the gentlemen under our care, including:

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  • Group Mentoring With Weekly Reports
  • One-on-One Counseling
  • Helping Formulate Action Plans
    • Where Do You Want to Be in 5 to 10 Years?
    • Priorities Are a Functioning Part of Life
  • Court Visits, School Visits, Home Visits
  • Checkups
  • Character Development and Modeling
  • Public Service Work 

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Times and Dates

  • Mondays (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM)
  • Wednesdays (6:00 PM – 8:00 PM)


  • Quarterly
  • Must Complete Twelve Sessions
  • Includes a Certificate of Completion and Proclamation of House of Representatives

Rules and Regulations 

There are certain guidelines that must be followed in order to maintain order in our sessions. There is a no-tolerance act as part of these guidelines as well. The rules are as follows (but are not limited to these alone). They may be updated at any time.

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  • You must be present for all eight sessions. There will be a 5-minute grace period to be in your proper place and ready to begin.
  • No talking while your counselor is talking.
  • All questions will be preceded by a raised hand.
  • Always remember that the counselors and volunteers are here to help and not hurt you.
  • There will be absolutely no sagging in our presence. True gentlemen care about their appearance.

  • Use of anything related to your affiliation in our sessions is strictly prohibited. (i.e. language, signing, flags, and more).
  • No disrespecting any other organization, counselors, or volunteers.
  • No tolerance for violence.
  • No foul language (cussing, swearing, and more).
  • No cell phones or electronic devices.

Curriculum Overview

  • Week 1: Classification
  • Week 2: Character
  • Week 3: Confession
  • Week 4: Change
  • Week 5: Choices
  • Week 6: Competitiveness

  • Week 7: Community
  • Week 8: Currency
  • Week 9: Control of Self
  • Week 10: Critical Thinking
  • Week 11: Trauma
  • Week 12: Accountability

Community Partners

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