Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


Human Development and Family Science


The present study experimentally informed the effects of high school students of not being aware of the impact of gangs and gang violence. The study consisted of 23 participants, ages from 13 years of age to 15 years of age. All in which are highs school freshman in a freshman seminar course located in a small community know for gang violence. Participants were lead with a two day curriculum with an introduction to the risks of gang violence and how to coping with gang involvement. Furthermore, adolescents with higher exposure to gang violence were able to share relatable experiences in terms of how to cope with gang affiliation in the community they live in. Participants were also able to set various ways of higher life aspirations for themselves.