Summarizing Interventions to Prevent Gang Membership

$8.00 [2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours]

Course Number: #02-312

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Course Description

The consequences of gangs and the burden they place on the law enforcement and health systems in our communities are significant,  and practitioners such as teachers, police officers, community service providers and health care workers must understand what the evidence shows about preventing young people from joining a gang in the first place.  This brief continuing education course summarizes information from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice that addresses the challenge of how to reduce gang-joining during a time of substantially limited national, state and local budgets. Characteristics, consequences, and the attraction of gang membership are explored as well as the role of community partners and families in prevention.

Course Objectives

1. Identify the consequences and scope of gang membership as well as the need for prevention.

2. Diffentiate between gang membership from a public safety versus a public health perspective.

3. Discuss the role of race and ethnicity in gang joining and how girls are being impacted by gang memebership.

4. Summarize how individual and family factors in early childhood and during the elementary school years increase the risk for gang-joining.

5. Review the impact of schools and communities in gang prevention.

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