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National Gang Resources


U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Gang Toolkit
This is a free resource that includes a variety of informative publications to help community residents and local law enforcement work together on the issues related to gang crime.  The parent's quick reference cards in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Hmong help parents understand what to look for concerning gang-related activity.  Many free resources.

Gangs OR Us
To quickly learn information about gang identification the largest, most comprehensive gang identification Website on the Internet.

Gang Resistance Education and Training Program (GREAT)
Law enforcement provides a wide range of structured community-based activities and a curriculum for classroom instruction for school-aged children.  The intent is to provide students with the skills they need to resist involvement in youth gangs and youth violence.  U.S. Department of the Treasury.

National Youth Gang Center (NYGC)
Institute for Intergovernmental Research site to expand and maintain the body of critical knowledge about youth gangs and effective responses to them.  The Center assists state and local jurisdictions in the collection, analysis, and exchange of information on gang-related demographics, legislation, literature, research, and promising program strategies.  It also coordinates activities of the OJJDP Youth Gang Consortium - a group of federal agencies, gang program representatives, and other service providers.

National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center (NYVPRC)
NYVPRC was established as a central source of information on prevention and intervention programs, publications, research, and statistics on violence committed by and against children and teens.  Call: (866)SAFEYOUTH.

Blue Prints for Violence Prevention
The project, called Blueprints for Violence Prevention, has identified 11 prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness.

Helping America's Youth
Helping America's Youth is a nationwide effort, initiated by President George W. Bush and led by First Lady Laura Bush, to benefit children and teenagers by encouraging action in three key areas: family, school, and community.  The Community Guide to Helping America's Youth helps communities build partnerships, assess their needs and resources, and select from program designs that could be replicated in their community.  It walks community groups through the steps necessary for building strong supports for youth.

Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Gang Prevention/Intervention through Targeted Outreach
In response to the number of youth gangs growing in cities and expanding to suburban and rural communities, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) has developed a special gang prevention and intervention initiative targeting youth ages 6-18.  Is practically a blueprint for what should be included by Catholic Youth Ministry Programs to Combat Gangs.

OJJDP Gang Prevention/Intervention Programs
This site includes a wealth of information, one of the most useful sections summarizes the evaluation of programs designed to address gang and delinquency prevention/intervention programs.

OJJDP Gang Strategic Planning Tool
The best single tool to assist in assessing a community's gang problem and planning strategies to deal with it.

OJJDP Site for Administrators and Law Enforcement Personnel
Another OJJDP funded site provides a wide array of resources for assessing and developing strategies to deal with gang problems.  It has a large volume of reference resources and is probably more useful for administrators or law enforcement personnel.