Clique Banging: The Evolution of Gangs in America

bulletOnline Training

bulletRecorded in April 2015

bullet2 hours

bulletFREE for YIPA members

bullet$40 for non-YIPA members

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The trajectory of gangs is becoming quite alarming. Whereas in the past, there was a form of hierarchy within gangs, nowadays many members are becoming “renegades” or forming their own “cliques”. These cliques have all chiefs and no foot soldiers, which makes for a group of ill-informed, misguided boys and girls without any organizational laws that govern their behavior. Through lecture and group activity, this is your opportunity to not just better understand the core components of cliques but, more importantly, understand how to save clique members from engaging in criminal activity.

Learning Objectives

  • Successful prevention and intervention initiatives to combat gang activity
  • How to influence a gang member to change by utilizing a strength-based approach
  • Strategies for helping a gang member denounce affiliation or leadership
  • How to identify wannabe’s from hardcore members
  • The meaning and reasons for gang affiliations through theoretical frameworks (i.e., strain theory)
  • Alternatives for gang affiliated youth who seek a new start

Trainer

The workshop will be led by Jason Marque Sole. Jason Sole is a former drug dealer, leader of a notorious street gang, and a three-time convicted felon. The middle of three children, Jason was raised on the mean streets of Chicago by a father who was addicted to cocaine and an overburdened mother left to pick up the pieces. He joined a gang and turned to a life of crime to gain a lucrative position of authority and financially improve his life.

Jason has been incarcerated in numerous correctional facilities due to his criminal activity (i.e. possession of a firearm, first degree possession of controlled substance, second degree possession of controlled substance, terrorist threats, disorderly conduct, etc.). Yet despite the height of the odds stacked against him, he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees in criminal justice. He is now putting the final touches on his dissertation to complete his doctoral studies in public safety leadership with a specialization in criminal justice.

Jason has been an educator, serving as an adjunct and fixed-term assistant professor for more than five years at the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. He is a national keynote speaker and gang trainer, including serving as a trainer for One Circle Foundation. He serves as an Executive Committee Member for Minnesota’s Second Chance Coalition, focusing on policy research and public education.

Through his firm, Jason Sole Consulting LLC, he provides juvenile and criminal justice agencies with the knowledge and resources they need to assist people affected by delinquency, incarceration, poverty, and other social ills. Sole is a 2013 Bush Fellow who focuses on reducing the recidivism rate among juveniles throughout the state of Minnesota, which includes chairing committees at the Department of Corrections. He is currently traveling the country discussing his memoir, From Prison to Ph.D.: A Memoir of Hope, Resilience, and Second Chances.

Focus Area


Each of YIPA’s trainings are designed around MyYouthPro’s Competency Framework. The competency focus of this training is: AT-RISK BEHAVIORS

Logistics

  • Online Training
  • Recorded in April 2015
  • 2 hours
  • FREE for YIPA members
  • $40 for non-YIPA members
  • Not a member? Annual memberships are only $99 for individuals and only $250 for organizations. Click here to join or learn more.
  • This training will count as 2 CEU hours for most boards. Please contact your board directly with questions on submitting.

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