Gang

Prevention in Schools

Creating a Safe Haven

Katherine De Vito, DSW, LCSW 

Graffiti shown on the wall of the Jose Ramon Montoya school in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, which represents MS-13 and 18 other neighborhood gangs. Source: AP Photo/Esteban Felix, Albuquerque Journal

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A community mourns a young man killed in gang violence. 

Source: East Coast Gang Investigators Association 

       Special Agent Torres recounts the young man's story to students during a Gang Awareness presentation.        

Lt. Torres Gang Gang Awareness - Lt. Torres
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What can school staff do? 

School staff can provide attachment, hope, opportunities, and consistency. Schools can be a safe haven for young people in a threatening world. 

The following pictures depict elements of gang prevention. 

 

Katherine De Vito, DSW, LCSW

kib@scarletmail.rutgers.edu