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.
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.
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.
Book a Gang Workshop Today
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