Notes from 4-27 Lunch & Learn
1. Please take a few moments to review the information in the attached Power Point. Helpful numbers and websites related to gang prevention, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, and human trafficking are included.
2. Free support services are available for gang-involved youth and their families (or those who may be at risk for gang involvement). My recommendation is that, if there is a suspicion, adults trust their instincts and refer. Gang crime itself has gone down a great deal in the last 7 years, a fact we attribute in large part to the gang Intervention Prevention Education (IPE) program. Contact Mike Mackey directly.
3. Please utilize the Human Trafficking Hotline for concerns of youth involved in trafficking. 1-888-373-7888. These are experts who will help manage concerns. I would also suggest that people view Trafficked through Fairfax County Public Schools. Note that there is a special 15 minute Parents’ version. http://www.fcps.edu/fairfaxnetwork/trafficking/index.html
4. Please view The Big Lie (26 minute gang prevention video). Please consider showing the film and let Mike know if he can be helpful. http://www.ag.virginia.gov/Programs%20and%20Resources/Gangs/GANGS_The_Big_Lie.html
5. Consider becoming a mentor for a young person. Research indicates that this is among the best ways that adults can stem the risks of crime, poor school performance, gang involvement, substance abuse, etc. Youth feel better about themselves and perform better in school, at home and in the community. An average of 1 hour or so per week is all that it takes. In the Alexandria area, please go to www.alexandriava.gov/mentoring.