Thursday, May 10, 2018

Saving Our Youth: Preventing Students from Joining Gangs

This video was published on YouTube on May 17, 2017. 

Jose Segura discusses why students gravitate towards gangs, and the importance of us realizing what it is that gangs provide students. He provides his vision on the work that can be done in the realm of gang intervention and youth violence prevention, and the steps that we can all take to ensure that children need not turn towards gangs in lieu of friends and family.

Segura is the team leader for the Street Outreach Network, a Montgomery County gang intervention program. Raised in Washington, D.C., he moved to Wheaton, MD with his family at the age of 12 to avoid the pervasive influence of drugs and crime in the city. After serving for 8 years in the United States Marine Corps, Segura has dedicated himself towards establishing programs to help underserved youths live safer and more meaningful lives.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

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