Your home life impacts your tendency to join a gang, through many different reasons. Living in a home where you don’t relate to anything your family does, you don’t have a tight relationships with either of your parents, or you feel you cant talk to your parents, your only other way is to communicate with your friends, and most of the time your friends aren’t the best people, because they are already going down the wrong lane. Some of my major finding while doing this research was that many teens feel the same way I do about a relationships at home, and how they are very important to children, because it will determine how you are shaped as you get older, and what path will you go down. I found out that most of the teenagers I surveyed, and interviewed, and many of my friends are without a father figure, and it’s really sad, because even I am without a father. Many young males need a father figure in there lives to direct them into the right direction, because if not there only place to turn to his being in a gang with other boys who have the same problems. I have a young brother, and he’s been growing up without a father for the majority of his life, and my mother struggled, and sometimes still does with taking care of my younger brother, because there’s things that my mother can’t teach my brother, that if he had a father in his life he would. I found out when surveying these teenagers, that the majority of them feel the main cause of joining a gain is poor home life, without even knowing my research question. It’s depressing to see that so many of these teenagers know the reason of joining a gang, and still are involved with gangs or know someone that is in a gang today. The PAR project was different from other projects we have done earlier in the year, because with this project it’s more on your personal feelings, and if you’re willing to take the step with researching, and going to organizations. This PAR project was more of showing if your ready to move on to the next level, and prove to ourselves that we are able to do major research like this. For other’s this is a major step to be able to a whole project on violence, especially if you know someone that has died from it. I lost a childhood friend due to violence, and it has wounded me ever since, but this PAR project gave me the opportunity to overcome his death, because he wouldn’t want me still be hurting over this, and take a step in trying to make changes for young males that are involved with gang violence. This study has brought me closer to starting to make steps into helping this problem within all of our communities, because if we don’t start from somewhere, many more of these teens males will be dying because they all are in gangs.
To further answer my question, I will start bring my information, and data I collected to some organizations that I converse with outside of school with my job. My job works around youth taking force, and making action and this can be the next step for my job. Trying to set up focus groups with families that aren’t tight to build there family bond, or start having more family bonding trips to bring families more closer, and get more of the youth off the streets. Maybe next year for the 08 class, they can take our answers to our research question, and start making plans to take some action, because many of the juniors at BCLA are very good with coming up with great ideas. Honestly I want parents to know my results of my research question, because it has to start from somewhere, and if parents realize there children aren’t happy about the way there homes are going, that will give them a booster to start making change. Parents need to know this, or there children will be in danger soon, with going gangs, and hanging with the wrong crowd. When I look back to the beginning of this process I would have never though I would get this far, and I would have never thought I could’ve grown so much with my writing skills, thinking, and research skills. I’ve learned so much throughout this process, and met new people, and learned about different organizations. This project will be something I brag about for the rest of my life, and in the end I’m glad my humanities teacher gave us this project. BCLA students wouldn’t be put through all these big assignments and tons of stress if any of the teachers didn’t believe in us, and think that we can do it.