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Gangs in Virginia:  Resources and Information for Citizens of the Commonwealth

The Big Lie - Gangs

Keep Moving

Gangs Big Lie - Keep Moving Video VignetteAfter revealing the truth behind the lies gangs tell in regards to money, protection, family, etc, and explaining the benefit and availability of mentors and positive activities, and how to find these resources, ‘The Big Lie’ arms kids with the exact words they need to say “no” to gangs and offers advice for when they are approached by gang recruiters.  Not only do kids give other kids ways to say no to gang recruiters, but also gang members tell kids what they should do if someone approaches them about joining a gang: tell them “no,” walk away, and speak up by confiding in a trusted adult! 

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Activity

Gangs - Big Lie - Activity Video VignetteAlong with teaching about positive mentors, the video also shows alternatives to gang life, specifically, getting involved in positive activities.  One of the ways the video teaches kids to make positive choices is by interviewing  DJ, an 11-year-old boy from a single parent home, who, instead of getting involved in gangs or in the streets, joins the Boys and Girls Club.  He is involved in positive activities, makes good friends, and is taught positive life lessons.  Institutions, like the Boys and Girls Clubs can be found in every community and provide a safe, secure, positive family environment, unlike the false sense of safety gangs promise.

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Prison

Gangs Big Lie - Prison Video VignetteIncarceration is a part of gang life.  What many gang recruiters do not explain is the harsh reality of life in prison.  It is not a fun place to be.  When someone is in jail or prison, he or she is alone.  Because a gang is often seen as a business (to gang members), when one of their “employees” is incarcerated, he or she is not able to make money for the gang and is therefore no use to the gang.  Repeatedly, in the video, the audience will hear how gang members are abandoned once they are incarcerated and the hardships suffered while behind bars. 

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Mentor

Gangs Big Lie - Mentor Video VignetteIn addition to exposing the lies gang members tell to kids, ‘The Big Lie’ educates kids about how to find positive activities and role models in their lives.  Gang members, and especially recruiters, portray themselves as positive influences to kids, however, as seen in previous sections- it is all a lie.  By explaining to kids that real mentors provide positive encouragement, support, leadership, and someone to be there for them, the video helps steer kids in the right direction.  The video explains that positive mentors are everywhere.  Teachers, guidance counselors, coaches, pastors, family members, and parents are not only possible mentors, but are a good resource to help kids find a mentor.  While mentors may not be actively recruiting, as gang members do, they are around- in every neighborhood, in every school, in every community- and truly can be a positive influence in a kid’s life. 

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