Program to remove tattoos for youths

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WALLA WALLA — A community-supported program, “INK-OUT,” is designed to help youths in the Walla Walla Valley be free — for free — of visible gang- and drug-related tattoos.

The program is supported Walla Walla School District, Walla Walla General Hospital and The Health Center at Lincoln. The tattoo removal project is meant to provide a gateway to employment, increased self-esteem and improved socialization through laser technology. Criteria for qualifying for the program include being enrolled in school or employed, performing volunteer hours before and throughout the removal process, and having a mentor or advocate.

The project is based on a recommendation from Walla Walla’s Community Council and is initially funded through donations. A number of sessions over several months will be needed to complete the tattoo removal process.

Applications and full criteria eligibility for INK-OUT are available at The Health Center at Lincoln or by calling 525-0704. For more information, contact Sergio Hernandez at 509-389-3940 or Holly Howard at 525-5661.

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