The streets of Philadelphia are rapidly becoming a home to violent acts and random homicides. Innocent lives are taken every day due to the strong presence of gangs, and the streets are run by unruly groups of fearless young adults. Gang violence in Philadelphia is a major issue, and the citizens will never be safe until gang prevention occurs. Gang prevention is not a simple task, but with the right resources available, it is possible. Gang violence is a problem that will contribute to the collapse of Philadelphia, and it has yet to be solved throughout many generations. With gang violence on the rise, the best solution to gang violence is to educate the youth and parents about gangs and use family support to prevent the creation of gang
As I sit in my living room with my family on a gloomy April day, news reports on the television continue to speak on the recent death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody from spinal injury in Baltimore City. As unrest and riots ensued, my dad had asked“Are you still planning on attending Loyola University?” “Of course,” I said. I was more than willing to spend the next four years of my life attending Loyola in Baltimore City ; where I would have the resources to make an impact on the neighborhoods in Baltimore. After further researching violence and crime in Baltimore following the broadcast of the Freddie Gray case, I decided I would begin to address the issue of youth violence in Baltimore City. The days following Freddie Gray’s death,
Every athlete knows that playing sports comes with a price. A price of potentially destroying your body and leaving you with lifelong aches and pains from playing the sport you loved as an adolescent. This price is something many young people are willing to pay for the possibility of great
In order prevent high crime rates in our urban neighborhood we must stop those who corrupt the minds of the youth. According to Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs by James C. Howell “the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (a nationally representative sample of 9,000 adolescents), 8 percent of the youth surveyed had belonged to a gang at some point between the ages of 12 and 17 (Snyder and Sickmund, 2006)” and “6,000 eighth graders conducted in 11 cities with known gang problems found that 9 percent were currently gang members and 17 percent said they had belonged to a gang at some point in their lives (Esbensen and Deschenes, 1998; Esbensen et al., 2010).” In other words, children from the ages 12 and 17, middle schoolers,
In low income areas and large cities, gang violence is a major problem. Gang violence in Chicago is reaching alarming proportions. Day by day they are increasing rapidly. None of the solutions work effectively to eliminate gangs. However police departments and other government officials are trying their best to provide the same security as other areas in chicago. Thousands of innocent people are dying each year from these ill mannered thugs. In today’s societies gang activity is everywhere, whether it includes violence, drugs, death or any illegal activity. There are several aspects which are causing these violent activities. In past years the police department and the mayor designed different strategies to stop this violence. From my perspective better education and scholarships are the only way to reduce gangs and other illegal activities.
Within the past two decades, a growing concern has been focused on what can be considered a social epidemic among the youth of our nation. This social distress stems directly from the rising number of youth gangs throughout the country. Gang mentality and social deviance of this form has been noticed and documented in this country for decades. “ Prior to the 1970’s, gang violence was still popularly associated with white ethnic enclaves in the cities of the Midwest and East, and gang incidents were typically brawls involving fists, sticks and knives. Today, gangs are made up largely of ethnic groups, especially African American and Latino Americans, and handguns and other military hardware are the typical vehicles for the acts of
Ruben Rojas 07-19-2015 SE195 Field Study SS1 Professor Wendy Goldberg Strengths for Change Gang involvement is on the rise in most communities affecting socioeconomic status, racial relationships, and inhabitants (Esbensen et. al., 2012, p. 128). Despite a continuous increase with youth gang affiliations in underserved communities, there is still a scarcity of
As an impoverished black male in Newark, NJ thoughts of the future seldom form, and if they arise they normally revolve around money, drugs, and gangs. The reality of my situation is, that six incredibly short years ago, I was on the fast track to destruction. As a young black teen surrounded by perturbed peers, I felt safer identifying with the "streets". More specifically, those affiliated with the notorious Pyro Street Gang. It was almost mandatory to surround yourself with contemptible groups in Newark, the nation’s most gang populated city. To do the opposite was risky and extremely irrational; protection was imperative for survival. However, I realized that was only if you never planned to leave. A few short months before graduation my best friend was killed in a senseless gang-related murder. It was at this point that I truly began to ponder about my circumstances and where I would be in five years. Unfortunately, my answer mirrored that of statistics and my subpar academic performance was a reinforcement of that idea.
Risk Factors for Gang Membership In time, violent crimes were slowly being decreased in the United States, but it seems to be making some sort of a comeback when it comes to youth violence and violence affiliated with gangs. This topic has appeared to be a dominant target for educators,
Youth participation in gangs actually decreased from 1996 to 2004, but the violence within these gangs has not. Homicides committed by youth gang members still remain as a monumental problem across the United States of America. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported in its 2004 survey of youth gangs that there were an estimated 760,000 gang members that year. Many of the kids affiliated with gangs come from lower income, single parent homes; therefore, the youths of America often turn to gangs to fill the void of not being part of a “family”. To combat this problem and save our youth from a life of malfeasance, the people of the communities of America must take a stand against the negative influences that impact
Youth Violence Ever since the terrible tragedy at Columbine High School, there has been a numerous list of recent school shootings in America. Youth violence is a major issue in today’s society. Many people dread what causes adolescents to be so violent, committing horrible crimes.
Problem Statement According to Roe-Sepowitz (2007), adolescence violence is a serious problem in the United States. Increasingly, behavioral experts blame the increase of teen pregnancy, crime, and substance abuse on the breakdown of the family; however, the divorce industry, child-support enforcement, and child welfare have been major contributors to the breakup of the family unit. These three factors have played a critical part in the removal of the fathers from the lives of children who are at risk, thus never breaking the cycle of anger (Roe-Sepowitz).
6. Heller, S. B. (2014). Summer jobs reduce violence among disadvantaged youth. Science, 346(6214), 1219-1223.
Violence is one of the most effective ways to become noticed and be taken seriously, but you never really win with violence. For example during the 2005 French riots surrounding Paris there were a number of deaths injuries car burning's inter there were a number of deaths injuries car burning's and arrests . It resulted in a crackdown on immigration and the blaming of musicians for allegedly inciting violence and racism that led to the riots. Instead of taking into account the already existing ethnic and religious tensions the French parliament called for legal actions against the rap musicians. In the end there was no government change and numerous casualties from both sides, many rioters were arrested and injured as well as police officers
Today I’m going to be talking about school violence and how different psychologist have different viewpoints in the same situations. I’m going to be talking about Behaviorism, Cognitive and lastly Humanistic and existential psychologist. So a Behaviorism psychologist believes that people learn the behavior habits over time from things such as videogames, violence and TV. So for instances some of the kids that did the shooting probably was exposed to some type of violence at an early age. Cognitive psychologist more on the metal side of the process unlike the Behaviorism psychologist. Cognitive approach means that the type of environment a person is exposed to also plays a big role on how they act later in life. Lastly we will talk about the Humanistic Psychologist which I think is my favorite one and his approach on the situation. Most stable people choose to do whatever it is knowing the consequences. They believe people have the free will and the understanding to make their choices.