G.R.E.A.T.Program: Helping the Youths.
Crime Prevention in America
G.R.E.A.T Program: Helping the Youths
There are several important reasons why society should be concerned with youth involved in gang activity. Members commit a number of serious violent offenses at a rate several times higher than non-gang members (Howell, 1998). Community leaders and citizens around the Nation are reaching out with questions, seeking help from crime experts. What are the answers to youth involvement in gang activity? The best answer to those questions relies on prevention at a young age. I will like to introduce to you a program that has had a very successful rate within the gang prevention programs. G.R.E.A.T (Gang Resistance Education and Training). We will talk about their program, curriculum, and how their overall performance.
To start let’s define the term “gang” there is no adequate definition for this term. This difficulty is also compounded by the fact that many jurisdictions deny the existence of gangs or, conversely, characterize less serious forms of adolescent law-violating groups as gangs (Miller, 1992). Nevertheless, several qualified researchers have attempted to define "gang" in very different ways. The following definitions demonstrate the lack of consensus on the issue: A gang is an organized social system that is private and secretive with a structure leadership and defined roles.
The authority of their leadership is legitimized to extend of their social codes. That regulates their behavior of both leadership and rank and file. They provide not only social and economic services of its members, but also maintenance as an organization that pursue goals whether by legal or illegal means (Jankowski, 1991). There are certain characteristics that can define gangs. 1)
formal organizational structure (not a syndicate), 2) identifiable leadership, 3) identified territory, 4)...