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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 START END Many teens join gangs because they are bored, lacking in purpose, or looking for a way to belong. But there are other options. Sports,recreational,and after-school programs give you a great chanceto meet new people, explore new interests, develop new talents and skills, and to connect with people that really care about you and your well-being. 1. Find positive ways to spend your time and energy. 2. Stay away from gangs and gang members. Be aware of clothing, colors, and symbols used by gangs in your area, and avoid them. If you look like a gang member or are seen with a gang member, other gangs may mistake you for a real gang member. You have a very good chance of being the innocent target of violent gang behavior. 3. Do not carry a gun or other weapons. Carrying a gun is not likely to make you safer. Guns often escalate conflicts and increase the chances that you will be seriously harmed. If someone is threatening you and you feel that you are in serious danger, do not take matters into your own hands. Find an adult you can trust and discuss your fears, or contact school administrators or the police. Develop positive activities for teens, report suspicious activity to the police, set up a Neighborhood Watch or a community patrol; let the police know about gang graffiti; or start or join a program to remove gang graffiti. 4. Join an existing group that is workingto get rid of gangs in your school or community, or launch your own effort.
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