Explain why teens join gangs
Teenagers join gang for a sense of connection or to define a new sense of who they are. Others are motivated by peer pressure, a need to protect themselves and their family, because a family member also is in a gang, or to make money.
They join a gang by either committing a crime or undergoing an initiation procedure wherein they are beaten by fellow gang members to test their courage and fighting ability. Youth, who lack parental guidance and support, or opportunities for positive involvement with their peers, often turn to a gang to meet the needs of love from peers or family or friends.
These teenagers can develop intense bonds with other members and feel a need to protect them. Many gang members join because family members are or used to be gang bangers. Sometimes kids feel a sense of pride in carrying on the family legacy. This is especially true if one or both of their parents were high up in a gang's ranks or if one of their relatives was killed by a rival gang. Protecting reputations through vengeance is a way of life for gang members.
Ironically, while many kids are searching for a "family", what you can expect from a gang is detachment. These teens feel that they are misfits and have no place in the world. Gangs tap into these insecurities by promising the teen a family that will forever take care of them. Some teens like the thrill of doing something to see if they can get by with it. This can include engaging in illegal activities. Some teens may enjoy the "high" or "rush" they get from breaking the law and defying authority.
They join gangs because of the matter that is going on between the mother and the father. If a teen comes from an underprivileged home or even if he/she comes from an extremely wealthy home, the selling of drugs in a gang could bring them fast cash. There are still going to be reasons for the increase number of teens in gangs due to various situations. The excitement factor can be considered. Teens may feel a thrill in the rebellious acts that gangs perform.
They may feel as if they are living in a movie or fantasy world when it is reality. While belonging or claiming a certain color that their enemies do not like, that can spark interest in a young youths' eyes. To have a rush in the crime's gangs commit or just the whole lifestyle in general can capture some teen’s minds. There are several movies that portray “the cool kids” as rebellious teens. The “wanting to be cool” can lead to many troubling situations including joining a gang.