Special Feature: Youth Violence - Gangs

Featured Resources

Gang Involvement Prevention
This section of the Youth.gov site captures data on youth gang involvement as well as risk factors for joining gangs and efforts aimed at preventing youth gang involvement.

National Gang Center (NGC)
A collaborative effort between the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the NGC disseminates information, knowledge, and outcome-driven practices that engage and empower those in local communities with chronic and emerging gang problems to create comprehensive solutions to prevent gang violence, reduce gang involvement, and suppress gang-related crime.

Publications and Multimedia

Live Fast, Die Young: Anticipated Early Death and Adolescent Violence and Gang Involvement
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, December 2016

National Youth Violence Prevention Update: 2010-2016
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, July 2016

Combatting Youth Violence in American Cities: Programs and Partnerships in 30 Cities
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, June 2016

Durable Collaborations: The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, June 2016

Parents’ Guide to Gangs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, July 2015

Helping At-Risk Youth Say "No" to Gangs
National Institute of Justice, May 2015

A Parent's Quick Reference Card: Recognizing and Preventing Gang Membership
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, 2015

Highlights of the 2012 National Youth Gang Survey
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2014

Model Programs Guide Literature Review: Gang Prevention
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, April 2014

Changing Course: Keeping Kids Out of Gangs
National Institute of Justice, December 2013

Changing Course: Preventing Gang Membership
National Institute of Justice, September 2013

Executive Reference Guide: Youth Advocacy, Community Relations and Gang Violence Prevention
Office of Justice Programs-Sponsored, June 2013

Process and Outcome Evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. Program
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, 2013

Street Outreach and the OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model
Bureau of Justice Assistance- and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, June 2012

Non-Criminal Consequences of Gang Membership: Impacts on Education and Employment in the Life-Course
National Institute of Justice-Sponsored, May 2012

Social Networks, Delinquency, and Gang Membership: Using a Neighborhood Framework to Examine the Influence of Network Composition and Structure in a Latino Community
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, February 2012

Preventing Kids From Gang-Joining: Collaboration Matters - Interview with Tom Simon video graphic
National Institute of Justice, June 2011

Gangs Research Working Group Meeting
National Institute of Justice, February 2011

Findings From the Evaluation of OJJDP's Gang Reduction Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2010

Gang Prevention: An Overview of Research and Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, December 2010

Responding to Gangs in the School Setting
National Gang Center Bulletin, November 2010

Best Practices To Address Community Gang Problems: OJJDP's Comprehensive Gang Model
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, October 2010

Gang Prosecution Manual
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, July 2009

OJJDP Comprehensive Gang Model: A Guide to Assessing Your Community's Youth Gang Problem
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2009

Community Collaboratives Addressing Youth Gangs: Interim Findings From the Gang Reduction Program
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-Sponsored, May 2008

Related Resources

CrimeSolutions.gov
The National Institute of Justice's CrimeSolutions.gov website is meant to help practitioners and policymakers understand what works in justice-related programs and practices. Included on CrimeSolutions.gov is relevant program and topical information pertaining to youth gang violence.

Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) Program
The G.R.E.A.T. program provides classroom instruction for school-aged children and a wide range of community-based activities that result in the necessary life skills and a sense of competency, usefulness, and personal empowerment that are needed to avoid involvement in youth violence and criminal activity.

National Public Safety Partnership (PSP)
Coordinated by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, PSP provides a framework for enhancing federal support of law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they aggressively investigate and pursue violent criminals—specifically those involved in gun crime, drug trafficking and gang violence.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
OJJDP provides national leadership, coordination, and resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): Model Programs Guide (MPG)
MPG contains information about evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs. See the Gang Prevention page for access to information about rated programs.

Special Feature: Gangs
This NCJRS Special Feature contains federal and federally-sponsored resources related to the prevalence and prevention of gang involvement and response to gang-related criminal activities.

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