Gang violence affects many communities – including Stark County – creating a climate of fear and increased criminal behavior. In fact, youth violence is one of the leading causes of death for young people between the ages of 10 and 24, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preventing it is a vital part of promoting the health and safety of our youth and overall community. Learn about the resources available to help keep gang violence out of our local schools and neighborhoods.
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.Read more Emergency
There are many risk factors that can contribute to adolescents joining a gang. 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.Read more Emergency
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 are making valuable contributions to reducing the problem.Read more Emergency
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.Read more Emergency