Actress Sonja Sohn wondered: What if she took the HBO series “The Wire” into schools, dissected how characters negotiated their environment and got kids to talk about how they did the same in their lives? Could that help them see how there could be other possibilities?
Sonja Sohn with ReWired for Change participants, from left, Sean Hawkins, John Wood and Nikita Brady in Baltimore. After the final season of the HBO series “The Wire” in 2008, the actress, who played Det. Shakima “Kima” Greggs, hadn’t been ready to leave the show behind — neither what it stood for nor the Baltimore streets on which it had filmed. “I had an extraordinarily strong sense of purpose,” she says. The result: ReWired for Change, an organization that aims to help the city’s troubled youth. The first session began in late 2009.Hector Emanuel/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST