Gang Resource Links
Learn more and get help
If you believe your child is being intimidated by gang members, at risk for becoming gang-involved or is already gang involved, you need help. Call your school and ask to talk with a counselor or try some of the resources listed below.
Cocoon House provides a continuum of services for homeless, at-risk and highly disconnected youth and their families in Snohomish County. In the last fiscal year (2009-2010), Cocoon House assisted about 2,400 youth and their families with: emergency shelter, transitional housing, street outreach and support/advocacy, case management and teen homeless prevention services.
WA State School Safety Center
In response to concerns about the influence of gang presence on school safety, the 2007 Legislature directed OSPI to convene a task force to study the problem of gangs in schools. The Gangs in Schools Task Force began its work in November 2007, and will make annual reports and recommendations to the legislature on methods of eliminating existing gangs, preventing new gangs, sharing information about gangs, and gathering intelligence on gangs.
National Youth Gang Center
The NYGC conducts assessments of the scope and characteristics of youth gang activity in the United States, develops resources and makes them available to the field, and provides training and technical assistance in support of community-based prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts.
The Northwest Gangs website was made to give general information on street gang activity in the Pacific Northwest, with a specific focus on youth and young adult street gangs (e.g. Bloods, Crips, Folk Nation, People Nation, Nortenos and Surenos). The site lists several hundred local gangs and is update weekly.
Both of these sites have information to help parents and teachers understand the causes of Bullying, why Bulling is destructive and how to prevent Bullying.
Other sites that may be useful
The Children’s Alliance advocates for kids. They ensure that laws, policies and programs work for kids and their network holds our leaders accountable until they secure the resources required to make all children safe and healthy.
The National Institute on Media and the Family is the world's leading and most respected research-based organization on the positive and harmful effects of media on children and youth. Since 1996, they have worked tirelessly to help parents and communities “watch what our kids watch.” Its MediaWise® movement is being adopted in communities throughout the country to help families make wiser media choices.
The Network is a grassroots citizens’ group of educators, youth, homemakers, human service providers and business leaders working to strengthen families and prevent youth violence and substance abuse.
The Health District is the local public health agency for Snohomish County. Their more than 200 public health professionals work for a safer and healthier community through essential programs and services.
Information for victims of violent crime
The winner of multiple 2008 Nickelodeon Parents' Picks awards, including best museum, day camp, and parents' night out in Seattle, Imagine Children's Museum, features activities that are hands-on challenges requiring kids to use their imaginations, think creatively and problem solve. The museum features interactive exhibits and seasonal art classes, kids' nights out, and school break and summer day camps for kids ages three to 11.
The essential web page for services, board and commission volunteer opportunities, elected official information and news that impacts our community.