Latino Community At Risk Youth Focus Group Of Forsyth County

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“Unidos” Gang Prevention
Welcome, to our Latino community at-risk youth focus group of Forsyth County, in North Carolina. Our mission of the “Unidos” Gang Prevention and Education Program is to lower gang involvement, violence, with providing education, knowledge, community and family involvement.
This program will target Latino students from ages 11-17 that show involvement to be at risk of being a member or have affiliations with a street gang. However, all students are welcome. The program will be available during school hours as part of their school curriculum and afterschool Monday – Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for extracurricular activities. This program will consist of 15 intense weeks where students will participate in
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The at-risk youth will have the opportunity to attend various presentations with probation officers, police department, and District Attorney’s office and the gang violence victims.
Now, to help the engagement and educate the community about gangs, parents or legal guardians will be encouraged to attend workshops, in English or Spanish, that will teach them how to identify possible gang involvement and will be provided resources they can have access to in the community.
The program will be broken down as follows:
1. Welcome/Introduction
2. How to respond to violence at school and the community.
• They will be taught how to deal with bullying.
About 10-15 percent of students bully others, and 85 percent of boys of girls and 80 percent of boys have experienced harassment. (Feldman 331). Therefore, it is important to teach or train students to stand up for victims. This is known to have reduced bullying.
3. Teach healthier lifestyle choices.
• Drug and alcohol avoidance.
• Risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Adolescents develop personal fables, and it is important that we share the risks of drug and alcohol abuse. Personal fables makes them feel invulnerable to the risks they take. (Feldman 364)
• Advocate to healthy relationships.
• Nutrition and physical fitness.
• Refusal to negative peer pressure. It is important to show teach these children how to refuse to negative peer pressure, because at this point in theirs live children
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