Youth Gang Violence – A Threat To The Environment

My name is Cindy Davis.  As a Walden University PhD student in the School of Public Health, I am passionate about children and safety. This presentation was prepared as a model for the director and staff of the Boys and Girls Club.  For children who attend after school programs, the environment should be free of crime, bullying, and gang activity. Because youth gang violence is a disruption to the environmental safety of children, this presentation will provide insight and some key factors which may be necessary for deterring the increase in gang activity among youth that is currently presenting a threat to the community at-large.

Please click the ppt. link below to view the presentation. I hope that the information is helpful. If you have any questions, or care to leave a comment, please do so, below. Thank you.

Cindy Davis

PUBH 8165-1 app9_davisc11.pptx Environmental Health Walden University


14 Responses

  1. Well written, excellent and useful information. Concrete remedies for this very serious problem of gang violence that is destroying our youth.

  2. Excellent points, agreed prevention is needed especially for african-american males. Jail is not the answer.

  3. This presentation presented a thorough review of the literature, and great points. Cindi, I would like to pose a few questions. How is “health” defined in your analysis? Does this refer to mental health or other positive behaviors impacted by prevention measures cited in the presentation? How can communities address surrounding neighborhood effects that may affect the youth, such as poor quality schools, surrounding crime and physical conditions of the neighborhood (e.i. vacant housing)? Do these physical conditions significantly effect youths’ health as related to crime and other indicators that lead to gang violence? Essentially, should preventive measures be multi-dimensional or focused on individual conditions? These questions may go beyond the scope of this presentation and serve as follow up questions. Excellent presentation.

    • Lynette, you pose some excellent questions. Health in this analysis refers to the mental and emotional well-being of each individual child who feels threatened because of the onslaught of violence among our youth. It will take a collaborative effort in the community with a connection from the home, in conjunction with the schools and each social arena that impacts the physical and emotional well-being of the child. While the physical conditions do play a role in the health of the youth; empowerment to overcome degradation comes from beyond the physical realm. The preventive measures, as you mentioned are multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary and multi-level when you look at the scope of all that truly needs to be addressed to counteract the monstrosity of how violence is imbedded in the fabric of today’s youth.

  4. Excellent presentation Cindy! I must say I greatly appreciated you addressing the fact that youth gangs are dominant in suburbs also, as this is often a misconception. This also has some connection to my presentation dealing with childhood obesity. Environmental factors, such as youth gangs, may impede children from going outside for a walk or visiting their local playground thus contributing, in some ways, to their unhealthy weight. All these dimensions have connections to negatives attributes on public health.

  5. Good Presentation Cindy! I agree with all that was brought forth! My Comments: Generally, Prenvention of Youth Violence starts at home… The enviornment in the home affects ones mental and emotional state. (What you eat, what you watch on TV, how you treat the child(ren), what the parents do around the child(ren)… to what you believe). Which may determine if the youth becomes violent or be a good citizen.

  6. I believe that this is a great presentation, especially with the integrating of diverse scientists (Sociologists, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Neuroscientists) because a lot of this does overlap. I notice that with the young people that I work with how residents of the suburbs are up in arms now because this issue was seen as an “inner city problem” but with a lot of people moving to the suburbs and with a lot of parents not parenting, it generates other issues that they believed they were moving away from. The kids are looking for someone to parent and listen to them.

  7. Very good information in presentation. It is a very important topic for today as many of our youth are very much involved in gang activity. I’d like to know of some credible links between BD, bipolar, ADHD, EMH and gang involvement. A lot of students that I had that were tied to gangs also had been identified with having these disorders. Of course, there were other gang members who did not have these issues, but did have other academic challenges. A number of young gang members have significant learning disabilities. Also, what specific programs are out there that teach parents how to implement strategies like I CARE? Parents desperately need to engage in the preventative process. Good job, Cindy!

    • Wenona: As the subject is explored further, the links between BD, bipolar, ADHD, EMH and gang involvement will, no doubt, be explored. Although not causal, I am seeking to find the association between the two. Thank you for your desire to assist young people and to not only address the violence they sometimes exude, but to also address any mental and emotional diagnosis that lends to his or her actions.

  8. The information researched and compiled by Ms. Davis, having lived in a project community where gangs threatened the safety of its residents, and realizing evidence that the problem, decades later, remains prevalent, is timely, needful, responsive and serves as a initial platform to the PREVENTION of gangs. Most challenging among gangs is the bond among one another; because when a person is accepted in spite of any character defect or inability, they are incliined to remain bonded. Thank you Ms. Davis, for the insight, statistics and preventive measures you have presented.

  9. Ms. Davis has researched and compiled a list of the causes, statistics and remedy of gangs. A strategic initiative of prevention. More prevalent today that when as a child, Ms. Davis, growing up in the projects, was threatened by gang violence. Her concerns for today’s youth, which motivated the subject of this paper, may serve as an impetus to her audience to agressively and undeterringly endeavor to alter the mindset of that gang member. Thank you Ms. Davis.

  10. Cindi,

    Well done! You are making a strong case that health is far more than disease burden; it is also how you interact with your environment. The presentation is clear, easy to follow, and presents interesting thoroughly researched information. Because violence is not often viewed as “what’s hot” in public health such as obesity and HIV/AIDS it is important to make a strong defense and link to how and why violence is a public health problem and that safety equals health. This is especially important with one of your audience members for the presentation being an alderman who may or may not be as knowledgeable of violence and its burden on health. With all that stated Cindi, I believe what is most crucial for this presentation is that you clearly help your audience to link safety to health and youth violence as a public health problem.

    I would like to offer a few suggestions. On slide 4, you should let the “Why?” stand on its own line and the response on another line. Aesthetics of layout is really important in getting a message across. For slide 9, which I believe is one of your most important slides, I suggest stating/or listing how health is being defined and provide the audience w/ at least one slide that clearly links safety with health. For slides 18-23 I suggest moving the reference/further reading, etc slides before slide 18. Your conclusion slide is very powerful and it leaves the audience with what their role is and how they can impact this public health problem. Because you have speaking points on slides 19-23 they take away from the overall message you leave the audience members with on slide 18. Moving slide 18 to the end will certainly leave a hook in your audience.

    Cindi this is really nice work and I look forward to reading and hearing more!

  11. Ms Davis it is apparent that you took significant information and condensed it to this enlightening presentation. Particularly interesting is the definition of “youth gang” and that crimminal activity is the distinguishing feature. It seems an analysis of the issues that predispose to crimminal acts would serve as a basis for prevention as the other elements of the definition could be used to support conduct change through the power of peer support. Nice job!

  12. Ms. Davis, the topic of your presentation is extremely relevant and important. We are now entering the summer season, here in Chicago, youth gang violence (seemingly) runs rampant during this time (although violence is not limited to the summer time). And, because danger surrounds some (if not most) children, today, many do not get the opportunity to experience a genuine, carefree summer/childhood. This results in overstressed children that need an outlet, Boys and Girls Club. Your presentation suggests “Prevention, Prevention, Prevention” as the key to overcoming youth gang violence. There are prevention programs in place (i.e. CAPS), how effective are the programs? How much of the money dedicated to the “price tag of violence” goes toward prevention? The Psychologist, Psychiatrists, Sociologist and Neuroscientist, brought in by the U.S. DOHHS because “violence has become a public health issue”, how are their skills utilized?… at what stage in a child’s life do they participate? Does a sociologist enter a child’s life at the time there are signs of violence or do they help children surrounded by violence (although not directly involved in the “criminal activity”)? I truly hope your Prevention Plans is implemented…not just reviewed.

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