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Gang Membership and YOU!

Why Do Kids Join Gangs?

Why Do Kids Join Gangs?
Crimes Gangs May Commit

Many kids join gangs because gangs meet needs that go unfulfilled in other aspects of the child's life.
These needs may be:
  • Security, structure, and discipline that may be lacking at home.
  • Gangs appear loyal when others are not.
  • Lack of love/affection at home.
  • Respect.
  • Perceived excitement.
  • Peer pressure.
  • Attention.
  • Financial gain.

Bottom line: Gangs do not make you cool. They do not make your life better. They do not add excitement to your life. They do not make up for any love you may have lost through your parents.
Gangs ruin lives. (see Consequences)