Gang Violence in our neighborhoods, (what can we do?)<br />
Positive steps to prevent gang violence<br /><ul><li>Statistics show that with the proper community projects in place that gang violence has improved for the better.
Funds can be raised by getting the community involved in fund raisers such as bake sales, car washes, or concerts.
In the school it is important for the children to learn at a young age about gangs and need to be involved in healthy activities.
Ayón, C., & Lee, C. D. (2009). The grass roots encourage community development to involve the neighborhood in beneficial activities to make improvements of buildings and land, opportunities, goods, and services that add to the quality of their life.
Prevention programs to educate and involve children in more positive activities.
Family, schools, and the community should be involved, including law officials. </li></li></ul><li>Organizations to prevent gang violence<br /><ul><li>Cadet Corps
The Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program
The Prevention Intervention Program </li></ul>Community Projects<br />
Overview<br />Statistics show that with the proper community projects in place that gang violence has been reduced. It is true if the children receive a lot of attention and do well in class they are less likely to engage in gang violence. With the right resources, programs, and everyone involved great things can be accomplished. When we start with the children while they are young and educate them about gang violence they are more likely to avoid criminal mischief. <br />
(Henry & Tolan & Garmon-Smith, 2001) Jenson & Howard (1998) outline the need for policy reforms, public education efforts, and their practice approaches.<br />
It would be helpful if all schools required school uniform policies; this would keep kids from knowing who was in what gang, and judging others for their clothing. The educators need to be educated in the area of gang violence and racial and class differences. Educators should be non-biased to be involved in a positive manner. <br />
Reference<br />Ayón, C., & Lee, C. D. (2009). Building strong communities: an evaluation of a neighborhood leadership program in a diverse urban area. Journal of Community Psychology, 37(8), 975-986. doi:10.1002/jcop.20343<br />Henry, D. B., Tolan, P. H., & Gorman-Smith, D. (2001). Longitudinal Family and Peer Group Effects on Violence and Nonviolent Delinquency. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 30(2), 172-186. Retrieved from EBSCOhost.<br />