YOUR SKILLS AS A PARENT>>>
TO KEEP (OR PUT) GANGS OUT>>>
(except gang members) wants a gang-free community. Parents stand
to lose the most -the well being or even the life of a child -if
gangs take or keep hold. But gangs are often violent and intimidating.
What can you do in the face of this?
develop positive alternatives. Are there after-school and weekend
activities kids can enjoy? Can the school offer its facilities?
Can parents organize clubs or sports? Can older kids tutor or mentor
younger ones? Can the kids themselves help with ideas?
talk with other parents. For one thing, you'll find out what everyone
else's parent really said. For another, you can support each other
and share knowledge that will help spot problems sooner than you
can on your own.
work with police and other agencies. Report suspicious activity,
set up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol; let the police
know about gang graffiti, get (and share with other parents) the
facts on the gang problem in your community, find out what local
services - nonprofit as well as government -will work with communities
get organized against the gang organization. Use your neighborhood
association or a new group, Get help from a variety of sources right
in you community, Try these kinds of people in addition to the police,
priest or minister, family counselor, community association, school
counselor or principal, athletic coach, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA
/ YWCA, Scouts, drug abuse prevention groups, youth-serving agencies,
and community centers - just to name a few.