Join TEDxMileHigh Speaker Gerardo Lopez and Homies Unidos, filmmaker Alan Dominguez and a Denver-based gang intervention and prevention program to explore how young people are pulled into gangs and the understand the courage required to leave gang life.

We will watch the short film, Clever, as it follows former gang member Gerardo Lopez’s story and work as he works to prevent and intervene with youth at-risk of joining a gang. Gerardo and youth leaders from his organization will take audience questions and share more of their stories and experiences of building a life outside of gang life.

Following the film and Q&A, join Gerardo and youth from Homies Unidos for a photo scavenger hunt of the art throughout the Crush Mural Festival in the RiNo Arts District to connect with the young people forging their own courageous paths.


Summit Church
3300 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205


General Admission

Tickets to this event are free. Space is limited. Sign up on our list to join.



Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:00am – 1:00pm

10:00-10:15:  Check-in & Welcome
10:15-10:45: Film Screening
10:45-11:30: Q&A w/ Gerardo Lopez & Youth Leaders of Homies Unidos
11:30-1:00: Crush Mural Scavenger Hunt


We highly recommend public transit to commute to the hub, however, there are street and parking garages are nearby. We will leave no later than 6:15 after introductions, so please be on time. We will spend a little time around Union Station, meander through the city streets to Commons Park and circle back to Union Station (roughly 3 miles) at a leisurely pace.


Reach out to our Design & Adventures Director, Cate Croft at [email protected]


Gerardo Lopez a.k.a ‘‘Clever”, has been working in gang intervention since 1998. Formally of the notorious MS-13 from Los Angeles, Lopez escaped gang life and works to keep at-risk youth from making the same mistakes.  Growing up in the Korea Town neighborhood of L.A, Lopez was exposed to the gang life at an early age when he joined the pronominally Salvadoran gang MS-13. After deciding to leave the gang, Lopez became involved with Homies Unidos in 1997.  Lopez began to establish himself by receiving a degree in Criminal Justice and working with youth in halfway houses and mental health institutions.

Homies Unidos works to end violence and promote peace in both the U.S and Latin America providing hope and opportunities in diverse communities through gang prevention and intervention. They embrace the promotion of human rights in immigrant communities and the empowerment of the youth and families in El Salvador, Denver, and Los Angeles to achieve their full potential in a just, safe and healthy society. The organization empowers youth through positive alternatives to gang involvement and destructive behavior.