Who belongs to gangs?
Gangs can affect anyone, regardless of age, where they live or what school they attend. Young people from all walks of life join gangs. Some gang members drop out of school, while others may be excellent students.

Research shows that the following factors are common indicators that a young person may be involved in gang activity:
  • Youth admits to gang membership
  • Is under 21 years of age and is identified as a gang member by a parent/guardian.
  • Is identified as a gang member by a reliable source.
  • Resides in or frequents a known gang area, uses a gang's hand signs, colors, or tattoos, and/or associates with known gang members.
  • Has been arrested more then once with or in the company of known gang members for crimes that are consistent with gang activity.

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1. What is a gang?
2. Who belongs to gangs?
3. Why do people join gangs?
4. How to identify gang members?
5. How does one get out of a gang?