Youth Voice Journal (YVJ™) is the world's leading peer-reviewed journal publishing theoretical contributions and empirical studies on international issues affecting young people and youth work. YVJ™ is published by RJ4All Publications and is ranked and indexed by Scopus, ORCID, Kudos, Criminal Justice Abstracts, EBSCO and ERIH PLUS.
Recent evidence has indicated the importance of addressing youth gang membership and how to assist or facilitate their possible exiting before the members become fully entrenched into the youth gang lifestyle. This environmental scan highlights key strategies that gang intervention programmes in North America have employed to help gang members desist from the gang. This was accomplished through a comprehensive review of the programmes from the internet and one interview with a project manager. The environmental scan found that many programmes have adopted the ‘wraparound’ philosophy and are collaborating with organisations in the community to effectively address the gang members’ complex needs. This paper concludes with recommendations to develop responsive interventions and programmes for this population.
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