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Our Youth

Why do kids join gangs?

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Low self-esteem

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?

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Develop open and frequent communication

Encourage young people to become involved in athletics and other health-oriented activities to establish a sense of belonging

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Monitor/limit young people’s exposure to violence contained in television, music, and video games

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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

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Become involved in his/her education and in your community

Resources

Contact Your School Counselor

Cayuga County Sheriff’s Department— Local Gang Task Force

(315) 253-5276

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