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When a child or young adult is involved or is at risk of becoming involved in gang activity, intervention not prevention is necessary. Unfortunately many practitioners of intervention confuse it with prevention. Intervention is the methods used to address at-risk individuals and those who are already gang members. Intervention is about addressing a problem that already exists; where prevention is the education and awareness needed to proactively combat the growth of gangs to those who have yet to be affected.

Many different intervention services are available through a variety of community organizations. These services include outreach to youth and families, individual risk assessment and needs assessment, case management, service referrals, coordinated service delivery, and supervision.

Most intervention programs work to develop positive, empowering relationship with the gang member or at-risk individual, with the goal of empowering the gang member to sever his or her relationship with the gang.

Here are some documents and links about different intervention methods and programs.

Best Practices for Planning and Implementing the Comprehensive Gang Model (PDF)

Building an Internal and External Gang Strategy (PDF)

Guidance on Gangs and Offending Groups for Schools (Powerpoint)

The Phoenix Curriculum  The Phoenix Program provides a two prong strategy to counter gangs: 1). The supplemental Gang Intervention Curriculum which provides elementary, middle and high school students with classroom and counseling-based curricula, which is designed for the higher risk students and targeting the highest risk factors. and 2). The in-school Gang Prevention Curriculum which is designed for elementary, middle school and high school students.

Prosecutor’s Comprehensive Gang Response Model (PDF)

Youth Street Gangs and FBO’s (PDF)
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