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Cyber Safety Resources from Santa Cruz City Schools

Teacher Resources

Addressing Gangs in Our Schools

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Did You Know...

School and Community Gang Intervention Resources (PDF)

BASTA Presentations

Public Schools Administration Contact Information

Watsonville and Santa Cruz Youth City Councils—Youth Safety Surveys 2012/2013

Law Enforcement Resources

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Comprehensive Gang Model

Teacher Resources (Continued)

Classroom Topics/Prompts (Continued)

The following topics are included for you to use in the classroom with your students. They include a short video clip, with questions that follow that can be used as classroom discussion questions or writing prompts. You may also choose to use the resources here on an individualized basis Ė if you have specific concerns for a particular student.

Part of Their Family?

Willie Stokes, BASTA counselor and former gang member

In this video, Willie, a former gang member, shares how gangs recruit young people. How did Willie get recruited into the gang? What strategies do older gang members use to recruit younger youth? How are the younger gang-involved youth used by older gang members?

Drop Out Vs. Fade Out

Willie Stokes, BASTA counselor and former gang member

Often times, gang-involved youth want to get out of the gang but donít know how. Why does Willie suggest that gang-involved youth fade out and donít drop out? What is the difference? What are ways that youth can fade out and get involved in other, more positive things?

A World Without Gangs

Willie Stokes, BASTA counselor and former gang member

Do you think todayís youth feel pressured to grow up faster than other generations? How so? In what ways? Can kids still be kids today? How and how not? How are todayís youth forced to make decisions that can be life and death.

What would our world be like without gangs? What would our neighborhoods, schools, families be like? What can youth do to move towards that better world? What can our schools, neighborhoods and greater communities do?

This website will be updated regularly and we would love your feedback. Please email basta@santacruz.k12.ca.us with comments, suggestions or questions.

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