In our American history class we are researching contemporary issues and designing ways that people can take action and improve our community. Our group is focused on Teen Gang Violence. This issue is important because many teens are being killed or thrown in jail. This issue is complicated because it is caused by kids who join gangs to feel safe and think it’s cool. However, we need to address it because it has serious effects like kids can get murdered or put in jail. It also has the long term effect of kids having anxiety and it can hurt their reputation. To address this issue, we think that people should build a program in which they help teens finding jobs or after school programs to use their spare time wisely. Some people might oppose this idea because it costs money, time, and a lot of effort, but it is a good solution because in the end these kids can produce their time into something useful. To raise awareness about teen gang violence, We have made a prototype that is a letter to the school board telling them the problem and solution towards teen gang violence. Please give us any feedback you have about our prototype to help us improve it to help raise awareness about this important issue.
Dear Oakland School Board,
Hello, we are students at fremont high school who have a huge concern with teenage gang violence in Oakland. We choose oakland because we from oakland and we see a lot teenage gang violence. This is an important issue because it affects students and communities in a negatively way . One way that it affects the the community is that underage kids will be scared to go outside and it affects the students because their not attending school or getting the education that need. Student are sometimes pressured into doing things they don’t want to do. They lack education because they think it’s cool to skip school or go hang out with friend. The consequence of the not going to school is that you can’t get a job or you don’t get your high school diploma.
This is a problem because students and peers are being injured, locked up, and dead due to teenage gang violence. For an example gangs may lead to fights or gun violence and even robbery due to poverty and family issues. It may take away opportunity for students to go to school and get education. Also it will be harder for them to get a job because if there reputation is bad then it will be harder for them to get hired within the community. We find that a good solution would be for us to start a community program in which we can help teenagers. We need to find something for them to do for their spare time hours. This can help students stay out of gangs violence. Adults who volunteer can also teach kids how to deal with pressure. We can also help them to find a job for them to have a little experience on having to do with some kind responsibility. This would give kids a safe place to talk with an adult and make them have a sense of safety and shelter.