The North Carolina Governor’s crime commission states that there are 1,446 gangs across the state with a total of 19,000 members. The average age of gang membership is 15 years old (Our Initiatives-Gang Prevention). In the 1980’s national gangs began to shift from just the bad street type local criminals to taking on public arrangements involved with drug trafficking and other illegal activities. As there power and membership increased gangs were being recognized in locations outside of their regular neighborhood (SKEP). Research indicates because of the increasing number of teens joining in gangs, by 2012 there could be more than 41,300 gang members in North Carolina (Our Initiatives-Gang Prevention). Street gangs are affecting teenager’s lives, and to prevent that schools need to provide more gang prevention programs and gang laws should be stricter.
Schools in North Carolina need to provide more gang prevention programs. Surveys indicate that between 14% and 13% of teens and young adults in urban areas join gangs. Gang Resistance Education and Training G.R.E.A.T is a gang prevention program that’s built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricular, which could really benefit North Carolina and its school systems because G.R.E.A.T’s mission is to help youth develop positive life skills which will help them avoid gang involvement and violent behavior. Better attitude from students toward the police and greater recognition of the consequences of being in a gang are the two out of three program objectives that G.R.E.A.T has accomplished despite the success in telling them the risk factors the third objective lessening gang membership and irresponsible behavior was not met. 5% difference in negative outlooks about gangs, 5%
Difference in better attitudes toward the police, 5% difference in engaging in risk-seeking behaviors, and 4% difference in relationship with teens involved in “prosocial” activities were the results that happened in program participants when they were compared with nonparticipants. These results indicate that in North Carolina negative behaviors in the future are preventable. The instructing officers stated that it improved their relationships with the children, the school, and the community as a whole, which shows that the program is working (National Institution of Justice).
Right Moves for Youth is a school-base program that works together with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, police department, county sheriff’s office, and other communities. They help youths have better attendance, behavior, and school performance. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Dave Scheppegrell and Charlotte businessman Frank Bragg started Right Moves for Youth in 1989 and incorporated in 1993.More teens should participate in Right Moves for Youth program because their mission is to give youths the ability and guidance that help them graduate from high...