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Gang Intervention and Gang Prevention


The Department of Justice and other agencies often use these terms. Here are the most common definitions:

  • Primary Prevention is designed to reduce risk factors and increase protective factors in young people in medium and high risk areas. Most primary prevention programs target younger students. These programs can be provided in schools, in after-school and programs, or during vacations. The Phoenix Curriculum provides different resources for young people in Elementary Grades, Sixth Grade, and Middle Schools, and core program for youth.
  • Secondary Prevention resources are targeted toward young people who have already displayed early signs of problem behavior or who are exposed to a significant set of family, community, neighborhood, school, and personal risk factors. Many young people join gangs between ages 12-14 , so this age group is particularly vulnerable. Our Middle School resources are often used in alternative schools, drug court and diversion programs, group homes, and even detention centers.
  • Intervention is needed for high-risk or gang-involved youth in community-based programs as well as alternative schools, adult gangs and prison gangs, juvenile correctional settings, group homes, halfway houses, parole programs, and probation agencies. Click here for Intervention programs.

These program resources are based on state-of-the-art evidence-based models. They include significant elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing (MI), including specific tools in each of the workbooks. CBT promotes re-evaluation of dysfunctional emotions and behaviors to bring about change. The MI tools we provide are non-confrontational and gently provoke awareness of problems and consequences of behavior. We can work with you to customize a gang intervention curriculum using these therapy techniques that will match the specific needs of your facility or community program.

Programs need to include resources which are tailored to the specific population they are serving. This means your resources need to be specific to such factors as age, reading level, male or female gander, language (English and Spanish, for example), the behavioral issues (such as aggression or violence, behavioral health issues such as conduct disorder, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder), the location in which the program is presented (school, correctional setting, after-school program, community agency), and type of presenter (peer counselor, credentialed professional law enforcement, teacher, etc.). Another critical question is the degree of severity of the issue.

The Phoenix Gang Intervention and Prevention resources provide specific resources targeted to each of the above issues. With nearly 100 gang-focused resources, and nearly 1000 programs using these materials nationwide, we can readily help tailor a specific program package to your needs.

If you find a program that fits your needs, fill out our phone consultation form.

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