Bully Rehab Awareness Gym finds new home

Thanks to the Habitat for Humanity, BRAG Inc. has found a new gym in Yuma.
Carlos Flores, founder of the Non-Profit Organization Bully Rehab Awareness Gym started the gym about 8 years ago. Flores said, “Everyday when I would go to the bus, I would get beat up. As I became a professional MMA fighter, I thought this is the perfect time for me to reach out and help kids.”
Chief Operating Officer Kenrick Escalanti said, “Coming from the reservation across the river we deal with a lot of bullying, which becomes youth suicide. Youth suicide plagues our nation.” When the doors closed on the old facility, Escalanti knew he had to do something. That’s when Habitat for Humanity got involved.
Frank Carrillo with Habitat for Humanity said, “He explained his situation and we made accommodations.”
Carrillo says if you can show a bully that he has leadership qualities and that’s why he is behaving the way he is, then there can be a positive change.
BRAG Inc. says they help the victim feel empowered but also help the bully.
Carrillo says they help bullies and children being bullied channel those feelings in a positive way. Carrillo said, “Then it balances out both sides of the equation.”
Teachers, parents and juvenile detention officers refer some of these kids to Brag Inc. as they are an outlet for these kids to come to.
Opening day for their gym is December 1st.

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