There are many ways that you can support family members that are getting involved in or have many years within gangs/hate
Parents, educators, and other concerned adults should watch for signs of gang involvement. Changes in a child's behavior
or activities, which may be early warning signs of gang involvement include:
Change in types of friends
Changes in dress habits, such as wearing the same color combination all the time (note: that style changes quickly and
just because a child wears a certain type of clothing does not mean he or she is in a gang)
Displaying gang symbols on books, clothing, or locker
Wearing tattoos, carrying extra cash from unknown sources
Carrying a weapon
Losing interest in school and family
Getting arrested or detained by police
Using alcohol and other drugs
Talking in gang-style language
Using hand signals to communicate with others.
Parents, educators, and other concerned adults should watch for signs of gang involvement. Parents can:
Learn the signs of gang activity such as graffiti, hand signs, clothing styles, or colors
Learn why youth join gangs and how to counter those influences
Communicate effectively with children
Get involved in programs that create healthy outlets sports, hobbies, youth clubs...
Know their child's friends
Discuss with their child consequences of being in a gang
Contact their local law enforcement agency or juvenile probation department to find out up-to-date information on gangs
Go to religious leaders for advice on programs their child can get involved in
Start a program to report and immediately remove any graffiti in their neighborhood.