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Young Gangs Program Youth Outreach

NCJ Number
H Tran
Date Published
11 pages
The Young Gang Program was formed in May 1988 in Portland, Oregon in response to the needs of youth, families, and the community.
Focusing on youth outreach, the program provides various services to youth and their families, especially to the extent they are affected by gangs. Outreach services include information and referral; efforts to increase public awareness of and education on gangs, their behavior and activities, and how youth are potentially affected; prevention and intervention strategies and activities for gang-involved, gang-affected, and at-risk youth; and gang graffiti removal. The program calls for an individualized action plan to be developed for each client that incorporates individual advising, family intervention advising, group counseling and therapy, job placement, and cultural and recreational activities. An outreach program has been specifically designed for Southeast Asians. The nature of Asian gangs is examined, and Asian gang member involvement in auto theft and armed robbery is discussed.