Gang Resistance And Change Empowered (GRACE)
Building healthy communities and individuals through resistance and diversion of gang membership and activities, while building moral and ethical lifestyles focused on prosocial choices, behaviors, and peers.
About the Curriculum
Gangology 101 is a holistic approach which identifies and addresses the psychological and the sociological aspects of the gang violence problem currently prevalent in the Structural Gang Culture. Together with the companion text, Original Diamond Boy: Psychology of a Gang Banger, it is uniquely effective; engaging our youth and speaking directly to their experience-facilitating reformation and productive change within the gang.
The entire Gangology 101 curriculum consists of 2 facilitator guide volumes and 2 “Original Diamond Boy” reading book. It is 12 sessions for pre/adolescents (9-13), teens (14-17), Younger adults (18-25) and older adults (26+). Groups will be separated by gender and age, groups will be divided by affiliation and membership.
Dosage and duration may be extended for those individuals who require deeper intervention as opposed to prevention and early intervention. This category would be inclusive of 26 weeks in duration, with increased therapeutic interventions required.
Gangology 101 gang violence prevention and intervention curriculum walks the student through 9 critical elements of life and society which affects and is affected by the violent gang mentality. Each step is geared toward enlightening the student on these 9 elements and focuses specifically on how they play themselves out within the gang experience. By considering these elements, the student increases his/her understanding of themselves, others and society.
The goals include identifying the etiology of the behavior, affiliation or membership, the identified decision-making and behaviors associated with their conduct. Further, the program will address:
- Post traumatic gang syndrome (the psychology of a gang banger).
- The 9 steps to empowerment pyramid.
- Structural gang cultural.
- The new thought process. Cues, triggers, and cognitive-behavioral change.
Session 1: Gang Activity
Session 2: True History
Session 3: Family
Session 4: Social Order
Session 5: The Game, Effective Communication & Role Playing
Session 6: Resurrection (Restoration &Review)
Session 7: Spirituality (enlightenment & Healing)
Session 8: Consciousness (knowledge of Self and Others)
Session 9: Empowerment & Managing the “Gangsta”
Half Hour Session once a week Structure:
- Orientation and intake
- Check ins
- Read a chapter from “Original Diamond Boy”
- Teaching Content & Learning Activities
- Discharge plan
- Assigned to a cases manager
- Therapeutic intervention to address trauma and other associated behavioral health needs.