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BBC Pop Up in Tacoma: Glassblowing keeps kids out of gangs

2 March 2015 Last updated at 01:27 GMT

The BBC Pop Up team has spent all of February in Tacoma, Washington, asking local people what stories they want to share with a global audience.

Tacoma is a gritty industrial port city and one notorious neighbourhood in particular has a long history of being blighted by poverty and violence.

But things are changing in Hilltop, in part because of an unlikely project aimed at keeping at-risk children off the streets and away from drugs.

BBC Pop Up's Matt Danzico reports on how the ancient art form of glassblowing is proving an attractive alternative to gangs.

You can find out all about the aims of the Pop Up project and see all the videos from the first five months. Check out Pop Up's behind-the-scenes blog to see how to get involved.

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