Intervention; Ages 10–24
Promising gang program
The Alliance of Concerned Men (ACM) is a 501(c)(3) community-based organization that provides outreach, prevention, intervention, social services, cultural enrichment, and recreational activities for low-income, at-risk youths and families within the District of Columbia.
The purpose of ACM is youth crime and violence intervention/prevention. Its three key operating principles are (1) that every individual has infinite worth and dignity, (2) that every individual harbors an innate desire to become a positive contributor to society, and (3) that a comprehensive approach of interrelated strategies aimed at community mobilization, suppression, social intervention, opportunities, and education and training will bring about changes in attitudes and values essential to leading humane and productive lives.
ACM work takes place at three different levels. First and foremost is the community level. The Alliance maintains personal relations with residents throughout the District of Columbia, particularly in neighborhoods most likely to need its services.
The second set of partnerships is with private organizations. ACM works with schools, churches, and other organizations for specific events or for general outreach. The shared goal is to build better communities, strengthen families, and motivate individuals to improve their own outlooks on life.
The third level is formal authority. ACM has worked under contract with government agencies such as the DC Housing Authority, the DC Child and Family Services Agency, and the U.S. Executive Office of Weed and Seed.
In dealing with gang problems, ACM successfully established a violence-free zone in the Washington, DC, Benning Terrace public housing project with assistance from the DC Housing Authority. ACM members carried out grassroots intervention in intergang conflicts and successfully negotiated a truce. The permanence of the gang truce was buttressed by job opportunities the DC Housing Authority provided for gang members, such as refurbishing the neighborhood, removing graffiti, and landscaping. In February 2004, residents celebrated the seventh anniversary of the Benning Terrace Truce.
- Exposure to firearm violence
- Few social ties (involved in social activities, popularity)
- High alcohol/drug use
- High drug dealing
- Illegal gun ownership/carrying
- Physical violence/aggression
- Violent victimization
- Delinquent siblings
- Family history of problem behavior/criminal involvement
- Family poverty/low family socioeconomic status
- Family violence (child maltreatment, partner violence, conflict)
- Living in a small house
- Poor parental supervision (control, monitoring, and child management)
- Frequent truancy/absences/suspensions; expelled from school; dropping out of school
- Low school attachment/bonding/motivation/commitment to school
- Poor school attitude/performance; academic failure
- Poorly organized and functioning schools/inadequate school climate/negative labeling by teachers
- Availability and use of drugs in the neighborhood
- Availability of firearms
- Community disorganization
- Economic deprivation/poverty/residence in a disadvantaged neighborhood
- Exposure to violence and racial prejudice
- Feeling unsafe in the neighborhood
- High-crime neighborhood
- Neighborhood physical disorder
- Neighborhood youth in trouble
- Association with antisocial/aggressive/delinquent peers; high peer delinquency
- Association with gang-involved peers/relatives
- Gang membership
- Peer alcohol/drug use
National Gang Center: Promising program structure
Mr. Tyrone Parker
Executive Director, Founder
Alliance of Concerned Men, Inc.
3227 DuBois Pl SE
Washington, DC 20019
Phone: (202) 575-7544
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: http://www.allianceofconcernedmen.com