Why Young People Join Gangs?
This depends on the socioeconomic background of the youth and other life events or experiences in a youth’s background. Some of the reasons for joining a gang include:
- A sense of belonging, and the feeling of being cared about
- A need for recognition, prestige or power
- The desire for fun and excitement
- A place for friendship or brotherhood
- A place for structure, discipline, and training
- A sense of self-worth and status
- The need for physical protection/security
- The belief that it is a way to make a lot of money fast
- Media glorification of the gang lifestyle
- A family tradition
- What Is a Gang?
- How Are Gangs Identified?
- Gang Types
- How Do Gangs Recruit Their Members?
- Common Gang Initiations
- How Old Are Gang Members?
- Major Factors That May Contribute To Youth Gang Involvement
- Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Involved with a Gang
- What Can Parents Do To Prevent Gang Involvement?
- What Are Some School-based Anti-Gang Strategies?
- What Are Some Community Anti-Gang Strategies?
- Common Myths About Gangs
- How Do I Report Gang Activity?