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It seems as though every year the gang epidemic affects children of younger and younger ages, this epidemic has to be stopped immediately.“There has been an explosion of awareness and concern about gang membership and gang activity in the United States since 1990” (“Gangs”).  Teen involvement in gangs has been increasing ever since.  Children can turn to gangs because of lack of positive influence and interaction with parents (North Carolina Gang Investigator’s Association).    Statistics show that from 50 to 85 percent of gang members come either from a single-parent home, or are orphans (“Gangs”).  What a gang represents seems very appealing to a teen that does not have a stable family life.  Studies indicate that adolescents, who have experienced multiple divorces, have a greater chance of joining a gang than those that have two parents at home (qtd. Lingren “Gangs” Kurdick, 1994).  Teens who have no one at home to confide in or talk to about something that they may be experiencing, feel that by joining a gang they will have a big group of people, whom they consider family, that they can turn to.   While most teens join due to mixed emotions others join for the identity and power.  By becoming a part of a gang, teens have the chance to become known as someone who is tough.