Who belongs to gangs?

Gangs can affect anyone, regardless of where they live or what school they attend. Young people from all walks of life join gangs. Some gang members drop out of school, while others may be excellent students. Research shows that the following factors are common indicators that a young person may be involved in gang activity.

  • Youth admits to gang membership.
  • Is under 21 years of age and is identified as a gang member by a parent/guardian.
  • Is identified as a gang member by a reliable source.
  • Resides in or frequents a known gang area, uses a gang's hand signs, colors, or tattoos, and/or associates with known gang members.
  • Has been arrested more than once with or in the company of known gang members for crimes that are consistent with gang activity.
  • Has been stopped by the police more than four times while in the presence of known gang members.

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1. What is a gang?
2. Who belongs to gangs?
3. Why do young people join gangs?
4. How can I identify gang members?
5. How can I help my child say "no" to gangs?
6. What are the consequences of being in a gang?
7. What can I do if I suspect my child is part of a gang?
8. What can I do to help my child leave a gang?