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Gang Life - Segun's story (pt 2/3)
The story of 13 year old Segun Ogundele, who feels pressured to join a gang. We hear from Segun's family who are worried about him being involved in gangs and they discuss how they can keep him safe. Segun attends an anti gun crime conference and meets former and reformed gang members Jamal and Robyn who help Segun to understand the consequences of gang life. Segun also speaks to David Mullan who runs an organisation which helps young people without fathers in the home to find positive role models and meets multi-millionaire property magnate Charles Gordon to see how he turned his life around.
First broadcast on the Learning Zone on BBC2 in March 2012 as part of the programme Gang Life.
Can be used in conjunction with 13618 and 13620.
A useful way to engage young people in discussions about a subject, which only some of them will have first-hand experience of. The advantage of hearing the voices of young people here is the authenticity and power of the message when delivered peer to peer as opposed to the message being part of a theoretical discussion. Provides information that may surprise some youngsters particularly in the sections where the gang discuss the outcome of prison as part of their life choices and when jailed former gang members reveal what it's really like being in prison.
Sections which could be used as either standalone discussions or as part of a themed series of planned discussions e.g. where the students discuss what we mean by a friend and why it is important to choose your friends wisely. Could also be used as part of a planned intervention strategy aimed at young people at risk of joining gangs. Used to promote a discussion amongst the targeted students about why young people join gangs. This could be followed up by a realistic description of what the consequences of gang life are and just how hard it can be to extricate yourself from gang life once you get into it. A useful follow up to underscore the outcomes for a community is a pledge wall, where parents and young people write pledges onto brick-shaped sections of paper which form a 'wall' display to bring to life the interconnectedness of their lives and provide a visual 3 dimensional representation of this.
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