Curt works as the Director of Outreach for Chicago Cred, a violence reduction organization led by the former Secretary of Education, Arnie Duncan. Toler is leading the charge of training a new generation of violence interrupters and outreach specialists.
Faith, courage, and perseverance played a pivotal role in Curt’s 180 – degree turn in life, and soon the entertainment industry took notice. His expertise around gang-mediation began to spread rapidly. Curt’s natural ability for strategic thinking, leadership, and mediation placed him in high demand with film-makers, entertainers, politicians, and the 44th President of the United States – President Barak Obama. Toler’s incredible resume includes a guest appearance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, consulting work on Spike Lee’s film, Chi-raq, and advising Lena Waithe and entertainer/activist Common for the Showtime television series The Chi.
In addition to Curt’s expertise with gang mediation, he has amassed over a century of Chicago street gang stories through his extensive work and research on gang history. Among his peers, Curt is recognized as a “gang historian” for his dedication to preserving the integrity of Chicago’s street gang stories – the good, the bad, and the unimaginable. Toler’s research around Chicago’s gang history includes interviews with the families of deceased gang leaders, photos, and documented statements.