GANGS OUT OF SCHOOL (GOOS)
The Lesson Plans that comprise the GOOS (Gangs Out Of School) student leadership program will provide students with information and skills necessary to recognize gang acts. They will learn how to resist gang pressures to engage in any form of violence or other anti-social behaviors gangs dictate for “representing” their neighborhoods, “solving” problems, or proving themselves to be “down with” the group. Through GOOS, students will consider it unacceptable to join gangs, no matter the provocation, pressure, perceived glitter, glamour, or power. They will learn to express themselves in only pro-social ways that will allow them to enjoy and enhance their own safety and the safety of others at school.
GOOS lessons focus on:
• Gang activities at school, including gang violence at school;
• Violence being a crime, it is not a prank or casual act;
• Teaching decision-making skills and resistance/resiliency techniques against peer pressure and other provocations, including bullying;
• Ideas and concepts for alternatives to violence and fear and intimidation, including students taking responsibility for managing the safety of their campus.
GOOS lessons will focus on: developing leadership skills; physical, emotional, and legal consequences of gang acts; ways to resist and say “No!” to gang pressure; assertiveness; self-esteem; resilience; stress-management; and peer pressure.
If your students are campaigning for Student Body President, Vice President, Secretary or other elective Student Body Office, they can lead the campus into strategies and activities to improve the welfare and safety of all students. Non-office holder students can also create a Safety Club, whose goal would be to enhance and improve campus safety. With GOOS, EVERY student on campus has a role in constantly making their school safer.