Mike's Thoughts


Behavioural Consultant Program Leader, South Area Behaviour Resource Team, Waterloo Regional District School Board, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

"Your presentation remained a lively lesson for all of us on the South Area Behaviour Resource Team as we clearly remembered the differences between respect and fear, and the illusion of protection and family belonging that entices youth into gangs. Because we deal daily with troubled kids your lessons and the great hand out has served us well in improving our own skills in this area. Your skills in reaching kids of different ages as well as professional staff with respect, clear headedness and with street wisdom impressed us all! Know you HAVE made a difference and that we are grateful."

Gang Life Revealed

Gangs can be more close to home than you may think, and it's important you be prepared and informed of what gang life looks like. The following articles give you useful information on gang life and its many dangers.

3 Big Lies

Movies, television, and books may paint gangs in a romanticized light, but this couldn't be further from the truth. You may think that a gang will protect you from any danger, when in fact your risk of physical attack is increased with gang involvement. Read more...

What Gang Members Respect

If you are a parent or educator of a gang member, be sure and exercise honesty, discipline, and clear boundaries when dealing with them. By keeping yourself in check on these attributes, their chances of succeeding within the given system are increased. Read more...

Pre-Crisis Indicators

There are certain behaviors in gang member that indicate a future crisis or incident. Be mindful of these when dealing with a gang member in your family or school. Read more...