How to Prevent Inner-City Youth From a Perilous Path of Gang Membership

Date of Award

Spring 2021

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First Advisor

Rebecca Overmyer-Velazquez


Gang affiliation regarding inner-city youth is a prevalent phenomenon in various cities across America, as well as urban cities across the world. This topic has a stigma surrounding it because of differing opinions on how to solve the problem. Studies have been done which take qualitative and quantitative methodologies to break down the complexities that lead inner-city youth toward a gang banging lifestyle. Some look into the cultural influences that exist as well as the built-in socio-economic factors that leave young people with little hope to stay on a positive life track. To come to a conclusive answer to a difficult problem, it requires a collaborative effort that involves participation from families, school officials, ex gang-members, as well as local law enforcement or community leaders to form preventative measures that stop the gang influence in its tracks.

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