High School Drop Out

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The importance of a high school education as a minimum standard for employment has dramatically increased over the past fifty years. The high school drop out rate is essential and contributes to why there are so many young teens involved in gang related activities or end up pregnant at such a young age. The fact that most teens may not be well equipped with two strong parents that care about the consistency of their education contributes greatly to the numbers of students who consider dropping out of school a profitable option. The quickest way for most dropouts to make fast and easy money is to join gangs. Gang is defined as group of people who engage in a common ideology. The majority of gang’s ideology carries on violence. Ultimately, youth who join gangs drop out from school and engage in street violence. Most of them end up in prison. School drop out is detrimental for society at large. Days by days we have witnessed street violence such as the record, mass first impact Hispanic channel news. Mass media have reported several cases of murder, rape, and robbery. It suggests that many of these criminal activities are correlated with gang’s involvement. The majority of participants have being youth from 12 to 16 year old. “The presence of gangs is correlated with criminal activity and the use of self protective measures that indicate an atmosphere of perceived danger in the school environment. It is not clear, however, that gangs are a direct cause of criminal victimization at school. Belonging to gangs may be a type of self-protection employed by student in response to threatening school and community environment” (Howell, & Lynch, 2000). Many youth have no choice on little choice when facing threat from another gang’s member since, they are present in the school environment, because youth feel no protection, it make them to join a opposite gang and eventually become part of a chain of violence. For example, personally I have witnessed a high level of violence in the High school John F. Kennedy in Paterson, New Jersey. In my own experience, I have suffered with my own family the impact of gang’s involvement, within a short period of time of enrollment in school; my nephew joined a gang for protection. This lead to judicial prosecution and he had to be relocated in another school.

In the Paterson, New Jersey schools starting on the elementary level, there need to be programs that show the sad effects of what happens to someone who decides to join a gang. One of the programs I would propose would include a film about a young man who wants to be part of a gang. The concept of an anti-gang movie is not knew; in fact, Rapper Treach of Naughty of Naughty by Nurture, who is from East Orange, actually created a movie titled “Think Twice, Little Gangster,” which was filmed partly in Paterson in 2009. Possibly, parts of this film could be used by the school system; this would save the expense of making a movie. The plot of “Think Twice, Little Gangster” involves an innocent child who is killed because he is unintentionally shot in a gang war, this could be an effective anti-gang presentation in schools. I propose setting up anti-gang programs during school hours. In order to fund these programs, child advocator will need to talk to law- makers to persuade them to raise money for implementing these pre-emptive programs. High school dropout and gang prevention can be advertised through networking parties and prevention seminars monthly. The Internet is a very useful tool and search engine, that can be used to broadcast the message especially YouTube (which is very common among teenagers). Advocacy efforts can be implemented on many groups in the community. Paterson for example is a common community with a high level of gang activity.

An Anti-gang campaign in the community can be useful in targeting middle and high school students around the community and can be used to assist in decreasing the drop out rate in schools....
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