Factors To Join Gangs

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Who are the easiest targets to join a gang? The youth. With children and teens in gangs, it affects them the most, their families, and their communities. The youth join gangs because it makes them look cool, they have an older sibling is in a gang, one or both parents are in a gang, they are pressured, unity, and brotherhood. One major reason why children and teens join gangs is the neighborhood they live in and their surroundings (Chaskin 7). The majority of children and teens in gangs are typically from an urban upbringing (Friedman). This problem is mainly everywhere but it’s a major problem in the bigger cities Charlotte, Winston-Salam, Greensboro, etc. There are roughly 70 known gangs and 450 known members in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg …show more content…
Gang prevention begins at home. Parents need to teach their children that being in a gang isn’t going to be a good decision for their future. Some children that join gangs are from a single parent home, without a father. According to the Juvenile Crime, “teens raised in single-parent homes were more likely to commit crimes” (Gerdes 97). They don’t have a good male figure and find that in a gang. Parents have a responsibility to tell their children what is right and what is wrong. Children, especially teens, will do whatever they want, but parents still need to teach their children. Parents also need to get involved in school activities. If they are involved, they will bring their children with them and their children will not be left alone to get involved in gangs (Garett 102). Teachers also have a role in children’s lives. They spent around 8 hours a day with them; sometimes teachers spend more time with the children than their actual parents. G.R.E.A.T or Gang Resistance Education and Training is a program that teaches children about gangs. This program is done during school. Teachers in other states have done this program and says “it’s not just about gangs, it’s about doing the right thing at the right time, and what type of character you need to be successful in the future” (Laviolette). Since this has worked for other schools and children, schools in …show more content…
This solution would be the most effective. These types of programs either work or they don’t. A major thing that children and teens will get out of this is that their “brother” will turn on them so they can get a light sentence. Then they will realize that being in a gang is not worth it. There was a television show called “Beyond Scared Straight” with the same concept. That show saved a lot of children and teens. A Chester County officer was shown on the show and says this about the show “this is one of those initiatives that we know has worked and can help the young people and the community” (Dys). This program is good, point blank. Teens go into this thinking they are all big and bad and realize when they get in jail, they are broken down. Now, other police stations want in on the action. One police officer has said “we take the youth, break them down, and build them back up (Dunn). The youth needs to get broken down, to get back up a better version of

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