I really enjoyed reading this! Gang violence has been a continuing issue among communities for years now and seems to never stop and just keeps growing. I agree with what you mentioned about enforcing programs to the youth in order to prevent them from joining a gang. It should be a goal to help these young people find other ways of dealing with their life problems or goals instead of joining a gang. I also agree with the fact that parents have a lot to do with gang temptation. Without parental guidance or support, children tend to do things in a way that should not be done, such as joining a gang.
This is a youth-powered social network that was started in 2003 by a group of teachers from local sites of the National Writing Project.
We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It's easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other's work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it's been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.