Teachers come face to face with the problem of gangs every day, as they see their students involved in gangs or at risk of becoming involved. What can they do to help these students? This blog post lists three sources of information on gangs specifically or partially aimed at teachers.
First, the British Columbia government has a document available entitled “Preventing Youth Involvement in Gangs” (published by the British Columbia Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Victim Services & Crime Prevention). The document “is designed to assist service providers, parents, teachers, and others who are working to help prevent youth from becoming involved in gangs or to help them leave gangs.”
Second, Nova Scotia Justice in collaboration with Department of Justice Canada has published “Gang Prevention: A Resource Guide on Youth & Gangs”. The document “is a collection of tips, techniques and background information designed to explain how to prevent gang development, how these groups operate and what signs parents, teachers, community partners and police should be looking for to determine if there are gangs in their community.”
Finally, the John Howard Society of Alberta has a collection of educational materials available for free. These materials include a background document for teachers, as well as classroom activities.
Awareness is an important aspect to gang prevention, and teachers can play a significant role in reducing the risk of gang involvement.