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NCJ Number: 147757 Find in a Library
Author(s): B A Krisberg
Date Published: 1971
Page Count: 472
Sponsoring Agency: UMI Dissertation Services
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
Sale Source: UMI Dissertation Services
300 North Zeeb Road
P.O. Box 1346
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Urban Leadership Training (ULT), a Pennsylvania program for reforming gang leaders, was assessed.
Abstract: The 6-month program was a joint undertaking of the Young Great Society (an organization formed by 12 Philadelphia gangs), community planners from the Mantua neighborhood, the Urban League, and other civic organizations. Its aim was to train 22 black gang leaders, aged 18 to 23, to be constructive leaders in the community. Strategies of intervention are described, as are ULT participants, leadership in juvenile gangs, the beginnings of the ULT program, and the learning process. Four of the participants are profiled. During the program, five participants were arrested by Philadelphia police--two of whom dropped out, one charged with murder and one with robbery. The other three completed the program. Many participants felt that the program had greatly expanded their informational base. Some valued the program's course in law and business, sessions with a police detective, and courses in black history and black social movements. Of 21 gang-related crimes committed in Mantua in 1970, 13 were attributable to gangs strongly represented in the ULT group. Overall, there was a decline in gang conflicts in 1970 compared to the previous year, but the author stops short of attributing this decline to the ULT program. Index, tables
Main Term(s): Gangs
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Juveniles; Pennsylvania; Socialization
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