Gang members usually has to commit a crime or go through a starting step like getting beaten by fellow gang members to test their courage and fighting ability to join a gang. There are a lot of motivations for people to join gangs. Here are some of them.
One of the reason is that they need a sense of family. Young people might feel that they don’t receive enough support or attention at home. They also may be trying to escape a negative home life like in a family where their parents are always arguing or fighting, or may be looking for a father figure because they feel they don’t get enough love from their parents so they want to look for a father figure. Gangs often make promises to give unconditional support, and to become the "family" they never had. Another reason is that they need food or money. Gangs may present themselves as a means of survival to young people that doesn’t have basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter. More and more, gang members make a big profit through illegal activities, such as selling drugs and auto theft. This is actually not worth it because if you get caught, then you might get killed by the gang members so info would not get leaked, or sent to prison.
Another common reason is that they want to appear cool. Gangs have mastered the art of being cool to attract potential recruits. They wear the latest fashion trends, throw the hottest parties, and drive the coolest cars. They can appear to have the 'perfect' lifestyle to a young kid who's looking to fit in somewhere. The offer an image of "cool" that has been glorified by the media and entertainment industry. A fourth reason is that they have a family history or tradition. Families can have gang involvement spanning over multiple generations. This reason to join a gang could be against one’s will because that person’s father may say that he/she has to join or there would be some consequences. This is one of the toughest forms of pressure to escape, as the gang lifestyle...
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