Understanding Youth Gang Involvement | Community Violence Intervention—Addressing Gangs
This webinar is the third in the "Community Violence Intervention—Addressing Gangs" series, and it addresses why youth join gangs. Research suggests that joining a gang is a complex decision that involves multiple negative conditions that "push" youth into gangs, as well as perceived positive opportunities that "pull" youth into gangs. Understanding both the reasons behind a youth's decision to join a gang and the youth's level of embeddedness in the gang is instrumental in developing programs and supports for gang disengagement.
As a result of this webinar, viewers will be able to:
- Understand the process of entry into gangs, including motivations, methods, and risk and protective factors
- Recognize differences in gang involvement, including the duration of association and embeddedness in gangs
- Identify appropriate programs, based on risk and protective factors, to support gang disengagement
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