Welcome to the 2018 Gang Reduction Conference.
Presented by the National Center for Prevention of Community Violence, in partnership with Christopher Newport University's Center for Community Engagement and the Peninsula Fine Arts Center, this conference is designed to prepare leaders for strategic community impact.
Featuring Kelly Wright (Fox News Anchor) and Barbara Hamm Lee (Host of Another View), this conference will bring together an interdisciplinary collective of speakers, panelists, artists, and activists to educate, equip, and engage the community in its efforts to reduce gang violence.
The Hampton Roads Community is suffering from a dysfunction that affects local businesses, schools, families, and individuals.
According to 2017 statistics there are over 24,000 street and prison gangs in the United States with over 1 Million identified gang members. Eighty-six percent of cities with a population of at least 100,000 have reported gang activism. In Hampton Roads alone there are 148 known gangs.
Gang members are getting younger which indicates a sustainable impact on gangs in our communities for years to come. Forty percent of active US gang members are under age 18 and ninety percent of incarcerated juvenile boys have gang affiliation.
Why do individuals join gangs?
How does gang activity affect a community?
What strategies can we employ to reduce gang activity in our communities?
This conference will address these questions and prepare you for long term strategic impact in your community so that all individuals can benefit from reduced violence, strong families, quality education, and a thriving economy.
BOXED LUNCH INCLUDED WITH TICKET PURCHASE