Introduction To Apopka United Against Gangs

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Introduction To Apopka United Against Gangs

  1. 1. Together, we CAN make a difference!
  2. 2. PREVENTI ON, I NTERVENTI ON, SUPPRESSI ON  Education, Education, Education  Awareness and Involvement  Who?  Families  Community at large  Government  i.e., Everyone! ApopkaUAG.com
  3. 3. W DOES SOM HY EONE JOI N?  Identity, Recognition , Belonging  Discipline, Love, Money & Power  Protection, Social and emotional support  Unstable home environment  Broken home, Access to drugs, Fear  Violent parents and/or family members  A family tradition  Fear ApopkaUAG.com
  4. 4. SOCI AL I MPACT ON A COM UNI TY M  Gangs provide an environment in which deviant and illegal behaviors are learned and improved upon, and techniques for avoiding detection are learned.*  Gangs also reinforce deviant, anti-social, and illegal behavior among their members and promote socially irresponsible values, attitudes and beliefs.*  Parents of gang members are losing their children.*  People who are residents in gang neighborhoods are likely to lose any sense of security and they will likely be victimized directly or indirectly.* *Copyright, 2002 Dr. Michael Carlie, Into the Abyss ApopkaUAG.com
  5. 5. COM ON M M YTHS ABOUT GANGS  My gang will be just like a family  My gang will protect me; I will feel safe  Other people will respect me more if I am in a gang  Joining a gang means lots of friends  There are no all-girl gangs  I'll make lots of money if I'm in a gang  I can never get out of my gang ApopkaUAG.com
  6. 6. WA C H T AN P EN D ? AR TS O  Talk to your children about gangs  Teach children how to deal with peer pressure  Set firm limits and use consistent discipline  Limit /monitor children’s exposure to violence in TV, video games and music  Plan family time  Lead by example:  Community pride  Respect for others and their property  Encourage involvement in athletics and other health-oriented activities to help develop a sense of belonging ApopkaUAG.com
  7. 7. WHAT CAN I DO?  Educate yourself – be aware of what is going on  Don’t be afraid to become involved  Be a tattletale – Please!  Tell a friend  Tell a neighbor  Tell the police – call immediately if there is an incident  Invite us to come give this presentation to others  Join us – share your gifts and talents  Promote positive youth development – be inclusive  Get involved in the community  Attend Apopka Citizen Police Academy  Start a Neighborhood Watch program  Clean up your neighborhood or Adopt-A-Road  Create a graffiti clean-up program ApopkaUAG.com
  8. 8. WHAT ORGANI ZATI ONS CAN DO  Provide volunteer opportunities for youth  Share with us your resources available for at- risk you.  Share your message with and through Apopka United Against Gangs.  Provide mentoring and/or internship opportunities for at-risk youth.  Keep us informed of new resources, programs, etc. that your organization offers for at-risk youth. ApopkaUAG.com
  9. 9. GET I NVOLVED W TH I APOPKA UNI TED AGAI NST GANGS  Visit our web site at: apopkauag.com  Send us emails at: apopkauag@gmail.com  Share your comments on our blog  Join our Community Information Database  Attend town hall meetings and workshops  Spread the word  Become a mentor for at-risk youth  Invite us to speak to your club or organization ApopkaUAG.com
  10. 10. TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ApopkaUAG.com

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