Currently there is varying research on gang affiliation and how it impacts various communities. Schools are one place where we see gang affiliation and violence affecting a large community. The present Capstone project attempts to look at how school communities can holistically discourage young students from joining a gang or being involved in gang violence. Most importantly, how can educators create a plan to systemically change the way students, especially Black students and students of color, move within the space of education and a school community. Research from Hagadorn (1998) was highly influential in the project. His gang research conducted in Milwaukee, Wisconsin provides a holistic overview of gang membership, gang history and how systemically society pushes groups of people into gang life. The professional development that was designed for this project allows educators to learn about gangs and gang affiliation, dismantle their biases as individuals, and create a holistic plan for their community that will begin to create spaces for students to experience education in a way that does not push them out of schools and into gang life. The goal of this project is to inform educators as well as provide context and a space for them to create a school environment for all students.
Steinhoff, Megan, "Holistically Discouraging School Aged Students and Youth From Joining and/or Becoming Affiliated With Gangs and Gang Violence" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 730.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects