The gang and its members become truly a surrogate family. Leaders are quite skilled in drawing in new members by promising money or drugs to, by intimidating, or by acknowledging vulnerable and impressionable teenagers. In the end, a gang produces loyal gang members, having not long-term aspirations, and do not consider the consequences of their gang-related behavior. Several reasons may be attributed to juveniles joining gangs. However, one of the primary reasons of young people why the join gangs and commit violence is to gain recognition in the community.
There are so many reasons as to which juveniles can talk themselves into joining gangs. Reasons having to do with family problems or even involvement in the gangs, to friends being there, making money fast and having a sense of “security” when with his or her gang members. One of the main reasons why kids partake in gang activity is because of a neglected feeling from their family. “If young people aren’t getting positive attention from parents, joining a gang certainly provides lots of negative attention. Youth who are angry at a parent may join a gang to shock or be defiant toward the parent”.
Kenyatta Waters Fu English III March 5, 2013 Gangs Gangs are made up of young men and women that grow up in harsh, underprivileged backgrounds who look for someone for social support and protection. Younger individuals in ghettos and lower classes see that they’re limited to things they could do, so gang membership is like a family, place to belong, and a strong sense of power. Gangs are like a business that hires anyone and sometimes the only chance many young ones have in getting a job. Although parents and school officials have tried to discourage gangs by outlawing these gang colors and styles, gangs have historically fulfilled real needs among underprivileged youth. Gang memberships in the 1950s weren’t always dealing with crimes but it
Terrence Stone focused on ways to help young people see that there is a good life outside of gangs. Ray Culberson is another individual to found a program for youth at risk of joining gangs. This program is called Kids in Chaos. Culberson had first-hand knowledge of the gang life; therefore, he was very effective in the turning kids away from gang affiliation. “Simply spending more money is not always the best way to reach out to the troubled young people, says Culberson.
The book discusses that in addition to the alienation that the people who are struggling financially and reside in poor inner city neighborhoods feel from mainstream America, there is still yet another division within this confine, that is of the “decent” family in opposition to the “street” family. Decent families attempt to follow the rules of mainstream America, working hard and sending their children private schools even when tuition may cause a financial strain, while street families are generally uneducated, do not have many moral principles, and believe that gaining respect on the street is a top priority and in having this belief, they fully accept the street code. In some of the most drug and crime infested areas of the city, the residents have little to no faith or respect for the authority of the police or the judicial system and as such have adopted their own ideas and rules for how to handle challenges. “This is because the street culture has evolved a “code of the street” which amounts
“The negative portray of ethnic minority youths in the media is not, however, simply or solely due to, misguided stereotypes and sensationalist reporting. There is a material basis for at least some of the public concerns expressed, albeit in distorted and partial form through the mass media. This is especially so when it comes to certain types of street violence” Mass media definitely play’s a major role on a child’s decision, mainly because they don’t know any better and just are too young to understand. Hypothesis in addition will reduce gang violence. Gang violence is responsible for nearly one-third of the homicides in the country on a yearly basis.
Scout helped him realize the faults in what his actions were generating. The sad part about mobs is that people are peer pressured into joining them, because it is their neighbours and friends that are involved. Although mob mentality was only featured once in the novel, it was an important lesson that helped teach Scout that good people do bad things sometimes, and also to help them see right from the
There might not be a cover all solution for the gang epidemic that is occurring all over the United Sates today. But thanks to intervention programs like GREAT we can educate our youths about the danger they face with getting affiliated with gangs. Getting them to realize that these gang members is not family and this is not just them having fun for now but a decision that can affect them negatively for the rest of their
There is also too much bad press on young people as a result. I myself will convince you that kids in fort William are not all bad if they have something to occupy them. The media portrays to the public that all kids are bad and all kids cause chaos in the streets and distress in whole community by causing crime. These kids may cause crime occasionally but people think kids are up to to something when they first see them. These people would not do wrong if they had other things to do .
5/24/08 The legal system can do various things to stop teens and kids from getting into gangs by producing outreach programs, community centers and using ex-gang members as mentors. The government has put in a lot of work to try and help kids to stay away from the gang life and the streets. The only reason most kids are in gangs is for the feeling of belonging to a family and unity. Also, some members like the way they dress. Some of the kids have a lack of family structure and therefore the lack of guidance to help point them in the right direction when times get hard.