This manual identifies key steps in the community mobilization process to confront the youth gang problem.
Community mobilization is a process of consciousness- raising that focuses the concerns and interests of those most affected by the problem; it identifies specific dimensions of the problem and develops the will and commitment of participants to resolve it. A key purpose is the creation of community and agency capability for understanding the problem, planning, implementation of specific policies and procedures, and the monitoring of results. The steps in community mobilization are problem recognition; problem assessment; the creation of an anti- gang interagency community structure and process; community mobilization programming; staffing, staff selection, and training; funding; and monitoring, research, and evaluation. This manual emphasizes the role and responsibility of the community leader or coordinator of the task force or the network of community agencies and groups, including local citizens. The process depends on cooperation among a variety of agencies, groups, and individuals, "cutting through" denial and apathy, and the management of interorganizational suspicion and conflict. Overall the process should lead to changes in awareness, understanding, and response to the problem of youth gangs. 4 tables and a 5-item bibliography
Date Published: January 1, 1992