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U.N.I.T.Y.: U aNd I helping Teen Youth

Warning signs that someone you know is in a gang?

  • Admits to "hanging out" with kids in gangs
  • Shows an unusual interest in one or two particular colors of clothing or a particular logo
  • Has an unusual interest in gangster-influenced music, videos, movies, or websites.
  • Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends
  • Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls, or tattoos
  • Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting-related bruises, injuries to hand/knuckles)
  • Has unexplained cash or goods, such as clothing or jewelry
  • Carries a weapon
  • Has been in trouble with the police
  • Exhibits negative changes in behavior such as:
    • Withdrawing from family
    • Declining school attendance, performance, behavior
    • Staying out late without reason
    • Displaying an unusual desire for secrecy
    • Exhibiting signs of drug use
    • Breaking rules consistently
    • Speaking in gang style slang