oncepts associated with this will also provide different opportunities to change the way in which communities are functioning as well as the way in which youth approach different problems within their community life. To do this, the gang violence enforcement agency (GVEA), will be created. This will specifically tackle various problems related to gang violence while creating alternatives for youth.
The problem of gang violence is one that is specific to different communities. Gangs are defined as a group of members, usually under the age of 25, that remain together as a peer group. The group defines their identity through clothing, symbolism and activities in which they do together. Typically, the activities lead to different levels of destruction and violence. Everything from graffiti to injury and death are common among gangs. It is known that some of these are done as gangs define their identity by marking territories and specific concepts with their gangs. They are also known to have rival gangs which have a separate identity and in which they set against, which specifically leads to the violence in various communities. Many have come to address gangs as organized offenders and spontaneous societies. The concept emerged from outlaws that worked together in the 1800s, which has led to the social associations of gangs and violence (Decker, Van Winkle, 1996).
The concept of belonging to a gang is one that is divided into four main groups. Immigration, poverty levels, urbanization and ethnicity are the main features that relate to the formation of gangs. From these four definitions are formations of gangs that identify the activities of the members, specifically because each one identifies with one of the characteristics that are associated with a gang. The city population and the main economy that is associated with this then continue to identify what and how a gang is formed. For instance, larger populations and cities have more formations of