Session 17

Learning Objectives: In this session, your group will examine why gangs appeal to teens and younger children, and what . . .

Learning Objectives:
 
In this session, your group will examine why gangs appeal to teens and younger children, and what can happen to teens who join gangs. Teens will work in pairs and small groups to discuss questions about gangs and consider outside information, then put what they’ve learned into their own description of the problem that gangs present.
 
 
 Tips to Enhance Session 17:
  • NCPC offers a free, downloadable brochure about the reality of gangs (PDF) that you can share with students during Step C.
 
 Web Resources:
 
 Community Resource People:
  • Police officer (preferably from a gang unit): Can speak with teens about the dangers of gangs, the consequences of joining gangs, and local gang activity.
Don’t forget to give the community resource person the session materials at least one week before he or she will participate in your class.
 
 
 Service-Learning Project Ideas:
  • Short Project: Students can develop a survey questioning other teens about local gang activity. Then, your students kind find out if gangs are active in the community and if gangs are causing teens to feel unsafe.
  • Medium-Length Project: Students can write letters to their state legislators explaining the problem of gangs in their community, the harm posed to ordinary citizens, and the need for a solution. Students can also propose a solution, advocate for prevention, or analyze police data in their letters.
  • Long Project: Teens can become mentors and educators to young children by using kid-friendly materials to teach gun safety and gang-prevention
 
 
 
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