Gangs are associations of three or more individuals who adopt a group identity in order to create an atmosphere of fear or intimidation.
While being part of a gang is dangerous, escaping from a gang family may be even more so. Gangs typically don’t want members to leave because there’s a fear of betrayal – that they’ll expose what they know to law enforcement or even a rival gang. While getting out of gang life isn’t easy, it is possible with persistence, support and the right resources. Learn where to turn to break free of a gang in Stark County.
Stark County TASC partners with all areas of the juvenile justice system to offer programs designed to reduce criminal activities and substance use. Reach out today for information and referrals.
Is someone you know feeling pressure to join a local gang? Are you being enticed or maybe even threatened to become a recruit yourself? Even though gang involvement may seem like it provides safety, protection and a sense of belonging, the truth is that gangs are dangerous and can limit your future success. Remember, you do have a choice, and there’s a community of support behind you.
National hotline number and resources for teens in crisis.
24/7 Phone #'s Call or text: 988 Chat on website: www.988lifeline.org Or call: 330-452-6000The new three-digit dialing code, 988 Lifeline, connects callers to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. When you call, text or chat using the 988 Lifeline, you’re connected to trained counselors that are part of the 988 Lifeline network, made up of more than 200 local crisis centers. Counselors are trained to provide emotional support and crisis counseling to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. If you need immediate, active medical intervention, call 911. The 988 Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, across the United States. Call or text: 988 Visit the website to chat or for more info. (press 1 for Veterans support or 2 for Spanish speaking)
Gang activity has been steadily increasing over the past 25 years, and in Stark County, our schools are no exception. In fact, gangs can affect any school – big or small, private or public, suburban or urban. Fortunately, local school officials are taking steps to control gang activity and making valuable contributions to reducing the problem in our community overall. Contact your local school district.
There are many risk factors that can contribute to adolescents joining a gang. Among them is a history of gang involvement in the family or violence in the home. However, resources and supports are available to help gang members and their families turn away from the gang lifestyle. If you suspect your child is involved in youth violence, look to local Stark County agencies for help.
Guide for families of youth at risk for gang involvement.
Resources and information to help prevent and respond to youth gang activity.
News, information and frequently asked questions about gangs and violence.
Resources from Prevention Institute about preventing violence.