Boston-area nonprofit will pay gang members who want to go to college and get off the street, with a goal of improving communities.

If college is a key to improving one’s life, one Boston-based nonprofit organization is hoping it’s a key to improving an entire community.

College Bound Dorchester, an organization that works with at-risk youth to encourage them to pursue college, on Thursday announced a new program called Boston Uncornered, which will pay active gang members to go to community college.

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