Gang Awareness
Why Do Children Join Gangs?

  • For security and protection
  • To belong to a group, to be with friends
  • Peer pressure
  • To gain respect and status
  • Low self esteem
  • Lack of family and/or community
  • Financial gain
  • Excitement
  • Media glorification
  • To gain attention
  • Other family members are gang affiliated
  • Lack of knowledge or opportunity