Counter Street Gangs Intelligence
Consulting Solutions Inc.
Specializing in Domestic Terrorism
823 W. Park Avenue, Suite 161
Ocean, NJ 07712
(732) 922-4525 or (732) 922-4514
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Money. Many youth join gangs to make fast money. Financially disadvantaged young people look for ways to buy expensive starter jackets, tennis shoes or electronic equipment. They'd rather participate in one drug deal and make enough money to buy something that would take a full month's earnings from a fast food restaurant.
Power. Gangs promise power to youth who feel powerless over their lives. Although the power is a false sense of security, they have no other healthy outlets for support.
Identity. Many youth are desperately searching for a place to belong. Gangs accept youth who don't feel loved or accepted by parents, adults or school. Gang identity also offers members guidelines on how to act and dress.
Protection. Many youth feel forced to join a gang for protection from other gangs, especially in the inner city. Once involved in illegal gang activity, the gang provides a false sense of protection from the law.
Fun. Gangs provide activities and a social life. Many youth enjoy living on the edge and participating in dangerous activities. Often, what at first appears to be fun has serious consequences.
Intimidation. Many youth join gangs because of fear, threats and intimidation from other gang members or bullies at school. Young people may want to join a gang to appear tough or more acceptable.
Shock. 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.
Romance. Many young people don't know what gangs are really about and have a misguided sense of romance about gangs. They might think they can join the gang for fun and get out whenever they wish. They might also believe that joining a gang will not involve them in violence and criminal activities.
Family Involvement. Family members in gangs often recruit other family members. Young people who grow up with a parent involved in a gang are extremely at-risk for joining a gang. Gang involvement becomes a way of life for some families.
Lack of Family Involvement. When parents fail to hold kids accountable, kids join gangs, When parents fail to listen to their children, they join gangs. When parent complete with their children for the streets, they join gangs, When parent argue, fight, drink and drug the child may join a gang. When parents fail to provide those basic needs, kids join gangs.
Low Self-Esteem. Youth who don't feel good about themselves are more vulnerable to joining a gang. They will seek out ways to feel accepted, and if healthy options aren't available, they may look to gangs for support.
Academic Problems. Young people who are not finding success at school may see no hope or future for themselves through the path of education. Many don't believe they could ever get a good job or go to college, so they look for other alternatives.
Classified to soon. When kids are classified special Ed to soon and the community/their peers refer to this as bonehead, blue room or by other negative terms, these kids are likely to join a gang in order to belong. If a child is bullied or is the one during the bullying they are at risk of becoming involved in a gang.
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