Many teens who join gangs, comes from impoverished families and neighbourhoods and many suffer from FASD and behavioural or learning problems. Mental health issues play a huge role in the commission of crimes.
We need to address mental health issues and increase employment opportunities. We also need to offer teens monetary incentives if they complete high school and offer them special scholarships to college and university if they maintain high marks and participate in volunteer work. We also need to reduce poverty and to overcome poverty, we need to place more emphasis on education.