Jose Gomez migrated to Stockton from Mexico in 1978 at age 10; by the age of 12, he joined a gang for protection. During his teen years, he was incarcerated, stabbed near his heart by rival gang members, and shot during a drive-by shooting.
With the help of a high school teacher and gang detective Dale Wagner, Jose graduated from Edison High School with honors and served four years in the U.S. Marines. Jose earned his A.A. in Sociology from San Joaquin Delta College.
From 1991 to 1998, Jose worked as a Probation Aide in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Probation Gang Unit, Intensive Supervision Unit, and Project 654 Unit. In April of 1998, he was hired by the City of Stockton Peacekeepers as a Youth Outreach Worker in charge of the Latino gangs.
Jose is also a Leadership Stockton Alumni, Class of 2012.
In 1994, Jose received a $50,000 fellowship award from the California Wellness Foundation for his efforts to reduce gang violence.
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