Why do kids join gangs?
Financial opportunities (i.e. profits from drug distribution and other illegal activities)
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Peer pressure Thrill seeking Media glorifying violence
What can parents do to prevent their young people from joining a gang?
Develop open and frequent communication
Encourage young people to become involved in athletics and other health-oriented activities to establish a sense of belonging
Monitor/limit young people’s exposure to violence contained in television, music, and video games
Cultivate respect for others’ property and pride in community
Don’t let young people stay out late or spend a lot of time unsu- pervised in the street
Become involved in his/her education and in your community
Contact Your School Counselor
Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department— Local Gang Task Force