Latino Youth Gangs
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**This is a private training not opened to our community**
Growth of street gangs in the U.S. calls for a comprehensive strategy to deal with the problem. There are multiple interacting personal and social factors that may influence youth gang involvement that include social status, peer influence, economic advantage, and impulse satisfaction relative to risk taking behaviors. According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Center there are five risk factors that are associated with adolescent gang involvement: individual, family, peer, school, and community influence. Prevention strategies for reducing Hispanic and Latino youth gang involvement and membership must include multiple levels of involvement that include individual, familial, community, school, and peer-based approaches.
About the presenter:
Haner Hernández, PhD, CPS, CADCII, LADCI - Dr. Hernández is originally from Puerto Rico, is bilingual and has worked for 32 years in the health and human service field developing, implementing, and evaluating culturally and linguistically intelligent youth and adult health prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery support programs. Also, Dr. Hernández has many years of experience in delivering addiction counseling and clinical supervision to professionals in the field. Furthermore, he is a professional trainer and facilitator and provides individualized technical assistance and support to organizations that provide addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery supports.
Haner earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Services from Springfield College and a Master of Education with concentrations in Counseling Psychology and Addiction Studies from Cambridge College in Massachusetts. His doctoral degree was earned at the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His major was Community Health Education and his minor was Social Justice Education. In addition, Mr. Hernandez holds an advance Certification in Drug and Alcohol Counseling at the reciprocal level, is licensed in Massachusetts, and is a Certified Prevention Specialist.
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