Gang Workshop: Prevention & Awareness
A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop which includes Prevention & Awareness is designed to help teachers and youth workers to deter vulnerable children from joining gangs by providing children and teenagers with the skills to say ‘no,’ to gangs and, where necessary, to leave a gang they may already be part of.
As they progress towards and through adolescence all children are searching to find a meaningful identity for themselves apart from their family circle. Sadly, whether through peer influence, media glamorisation, mental health problems or as a result of a troubled family or school life, some of them become seduced by and attracted into the destructive gang lifestyle.
Gangs, Peer Pressure and Criminal Activity
Gangs may sometimes seem to be harmless ‘child’s play’ but the dangerous dynamics at play – even in the most innocent-seeming gangs – often lead vulnerable young people into carrying out behaviours they would never contemplate alone. Peer pressure can be a powerful source of influence on children wanting to fit in and mistakes can be difficult or impossible to rectify.
Other gangs may be deeply connected to a dangerous underworld, quickly linking young people into a web of crime involving brutal initiations, sexual exploitation, drugs and gun and knife crime. A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop will directly tackle the myths and media glamorisation which can downplay the tragic and irreversible consequences that often result from gang affiliation.
It is important to reach young people as early as possible in the grooming process or, ideally, before they come into contact with gang recruiters. This is why gang workshops are suitable for both primary and secondary schools with the content tailored to the appropriate age level.
Below are some comments made by staff and students from London South East Colleges after the workshop re: feedback forms.
Name one thing that has stood out to you/impacted you about today’s presentation:
“Captivating and relevant, he managed to keep the students interested” Jenna Staff member
“2020 Dreams delivered a really powerful workshop that engaged our young people and enabled them to understand to trappings of gang culture and knife crime. The delivery was a moving and emotional personal story was really hard-hitting and he had a very dramatic and charismatic delivery” Karina, Staff Member
“That no matter who you are or how you dress they can still approach you”
“How easy it is to get trapped”
“Stay safe by not joining gangs”
“How to get out of gangs”
“I didn’t know that some people would go to uni just to sell drugs”
“A very powerful story a lot of people need to hear it”
“His life story about his family and friends”
“Never be easy influenced”
“What stood out to me the most is how easy it can be to lose track”
“People can get pulled into doing something that could potentially ruin their career path, goals or achievement”
“Don’t be influenced by the bad lifestyle”
“The story about Delroy”
“Live life as much as possible”
“Not to follow people who take their path to a wrong level”
“It made me laugh and kept my interest”
“Crime can impact someone’s life”
“The story in prison”
“Interesting story and presentation”
“Consequences and don’t take life for granted”
“Crime is bad”
“A story about a friend”
“Not to take life for granted”
“That you need to avoid strangers and don’t take anything from random people”
“I just didn’t know a person can lose houses because of gangs”
“People getting taken off the streets to sell drugs”“It can be anyone. The most inconspicuous person could approach you and reel you in”
“Being more careful outside, Don’t hang around strangers who are older than you, be careful with talking with older people”
“Knife and gang crime is everywhere”
“Anyone can approach you”
“The effect of gang crime and how serious it is.“
“It’s real life issues”
“Couldn’t pick one thing, I would say everything what Steve said impacted me in the presentation.”
“Many more younger people die more than older people”
“About how to be wise when approached by someone is not friendly, and Don’t give up on your dreams”
To conclude we feel the workshop was an overall success and had an impact on the students who participated so thank you for providing such a powerful workshop.
Another member of staff who was in Travis’ first session sent an email around to all staff during the session telling how amazing he was and how engaged the students were. Other members of staff also commented on how Steve was able to communicate his message so clearly with the students, in a way that both told the realities of gang and knife violence without glorifying it in any way at all.
I would like to thank both Travis and Steve for a fantastic morning.
Thank you for your support.
As a school we will look to embed the use of 2020 dreams into the extensive school PSHE curriculum and work around our SMSC programme.
Child-Centred Solutions to Gang Pressure
A 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop uses the twin approach of gritty role playing exercises and in-depth discussion forums to fully engage with students and get them to really think about what it means to be part of a modern gang and work out how they can prevent themselves being seduced by the gang lifestyle.
Getting to Grips With Gangs eBook: A Resource Guide for Teachers, Parents, Young People and the Wider Community
Youth street gangs are a worrying phenomenon bringing fear, crime and often tragedy into the communities in which they operate.
This ebook is designed to raise awareness of gang culture in the UK including the various reasons why young people are attracted to and drawn into gangs. It also suggests practical ways to help schools and communities tackle the problem and for young people to stay clear of or break away from gangs.
What makes children as young as ten want to join a gang? How does gang grooming work? What are the ‘Three R’s’ of gang life? Does drill and grime music promote gang activity? How can communities work together to tackle gangs? What are Joint Enterprise convictions and do they help or make things worse? These questions and more are addressed within.
Written by someone with personal experience of growing up under the shadow of gangs and youth violence and containing research, case studies, discussion points and engaging activities, this book is for everyone: schools, parents, community members and young people themselves.
eBook Resource Guide Includes:
- Bio – Letise Sampson Introduction
- Definition of a Gang
- Older Gang Members: Grooming and Initiation
- Peer on Peer and Online Grooming
- The Gang Mentality
- The 3 R’s of Gang Life
- Common Traits of Gang Members
- Gang Fashion & Behaviour
- Mental Health & Gang Pressures
- Female Sexual Exploitation
- Dangers of Drugs
- General Risk Factors
- The Local Postcode Trap
- Joint Enterprise & the Law
- A Guide to Gang Prevention
- Assessing Gang Threat to Community
- Rules for Working with Gangs
- Working with Families
- Community Responses
- Community Organisation & Mobilisation
- Social Intervention
- Social Opportunities
- Getting Out of a Gang (Youth’s Guide)
- Getting Out of a Gang (Parent’s Guide)
- Workshops/Consultation – Hard2Engage/2020Dreams
Download a Sample for FREE – Getting to Grips with Gangs
Unlike similar gang workshop programs, we do much more than just lecture students and show videos about the dangers of being part of a gang. We bring the gang dynamics to life through participatory role plays, enabling the young people to safely experience some of the pressures they may later come up against in the playground or on the street and to devise their own effective responses.
Some of the skills that children in our workshops develop include the ability to recognise when they are being targeted by a gang recruiter, how to maintain their self-respect while resisting peer pressure and how to support other people who might be under pressure from gangs. For those who are already affiliated to a gang, this workshop will help them to identify and access sources of support for safely leaving.
2020 Dreams also use discussion forums which are led by the young people themselves, our skilled facilitators guiding the debate but not leading it. This ensures that young people can bring their own experiences to the table and work collaboratively towards finding solutions.
Why Book a 2020 Dreams Gang Workshop
Gang membership is a sensitive topic, particularly in some areas of the country, but our highly trained Gang Workshop facilitators will ensure that the sessions are age appropriate, pitched at the right academic level and customised to meet any specific school requirements. We can also provide a Gang Workshop suitable for a Young Offender Institution, Youth Centre or similar social care setting.
2020 Dreams workshops can be delivered anywhere in the UK, are fully risk-assessed and are run by experienced and DBS-cleared workshop leaders.
Visit our gang awareness training page for programs for your staff.
Book a Gang Workshop Today
To book this workshop please complete the online booking form
or call us on 0800 471 4983
If you’ve been affected or worried about gangs, knifes or gun crime and would like to talk to someone please contact the numbers below:
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