With this nobility comes a price, and Danny is no stranger to the skepticism of the young hardheads he has come across in his travels across the neighborhoods. His experiences make his message genuine, and the whole "scared straight" concept is one of Danny's favorite and most effective tools to use in his crusade, a crusade which has now spanned for over 18 years. "I think I've locked horns with some of the toughest kids out there that this city has to offer. Some I get [my message] across to [I] watch them change their lives, get an education, learn a trade and better themselves. Seeing those things is part of my paycheck," Danny explains. "As you can see, I'm not in this for the money. The man upstairs takes care of me, and has blessed me with my beautiful wife and kids." Danny's smile quickly fades away, illustrating how emotionally taxing his job can be. "The other phone calls I receive are from the police department, asking me to go and help identify a body from a gang related homicide. When it's in my area, I get the call, and most of the time they don't have any I.D. on them, so it's a John Doe. It hurts me to see these young kids that I reach out to and know personally [end up] dead on the sidewalk." The pain in Danny's voice is echoed within his focused stare, and it's evident that he feels a sense of responsibility, and a sense of urgency for the communities he serves.

"We are the watchdogs of our area," he says. We literally walk the streets, creating allies with families and residents in the area, getting to know new faces and checking up on old ones too. {Spending time} Paying visits to the juvenile halls and making contact with the youth incarcerated. We help them to start working on their high school diplomas and help them register back in school, once they're released and help them stay in school," he says. While in theory these ideas are relatively simple, the execution of them requires a lot of actions, not just mere words. "We provide what are known as "safe passages" for kids who are in the program, and who attend school around rival areas," he says. "We make sure they get home safe; it's all part of the program. We're here for them in any which way possible, just as long as they want to help themselves to better their [own] lives."

For these American kids whose lives are in jeopardy, Danny and his organization are a much needed support system. Racial profiling, miscommunication, economic struggles, poor parenting, low job opportunities, and violence are often found in the communities that Danny serves, making it even more difficult in this unforgiving city for children to get a fair shot at their own childhood; let alone their lives in general. Being at the wrong place at the wrong time can shape a child forever, and lead to a negative path that ultimately defines their destiny of destruction. Danny Gullart refuses to sit idly by and let that happen.

Through his efforts, Danny pushes youth activities around his areas, including sports and education-themed events, which he believes will keep these kids busy and focused on goals. His plan helps to show them that practice and hard work will pay off in the end, and will also lead to a much better life than the "me against the world" lifestyle that the streets preach to them. I saw his efforts with my own eyes. In fact, as I had my one-on-one with Danny, he was putting the finishing touches on a kids fashion show that he and a few of his community outreach group members put together for the Ramona Housing projects. His work is never done, and Danny is constantly on the go and serving his community. If you're ever in the streets around East Los Angeles and you hear that distinct sound of rapping pipes, look around, and you might just see Danny "Boxer" Gullart galloping down the streets and continuing his crusade like a modern day "Boulevard Knight."