“Education, Prevention, and Intervention to Support Positive Youth Development”
The Gang Prevention & Intervention Unit (GPIU) works to promote student safety and awareness in regards to youth and gang violence and other unlawful behavior. It aims to help schools and their communities create a safer and more secure environment by assisting them in developing a proactive approach to gang activity and other forms of youth violence.
The mission of the Gang Prevention & Intervention Unit (GPIU) is to support the education of students in New York City public schools by providing high quality professional development, technical assistance, and collaborative intervention related to gang presence and gang activity within schools.
The goals of the Gang Prevention & Intervention Unit are as follows:
Help schools and their communities create a safer and more secure environment by assisting them in developing a proactive approach to gang activity and other forms of youth violence.
Collaborate with stakeholders in the school community, particularly Safety Administrators, around designing and implementing interventions that address individual and group problems related to youth violence, especially involving gangs and bullying.
Respond directly to requests for training and professional development from the New York City Department of Education and community agencies serving New York City youth and families.
School administrators, parents, and guardians should know and understand the New York Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures (Discipline code). Selected infractions may be indirect indicators of potential gang problems. Please review infractions A29, A54, B26, & B56 to learn about the disciplinary responses for gang-related activity in schools. There are several infractions that may signal the emergence of gangs and gang activity or can create an environment conducive to gang development.
If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your school community, please contact Administrative Sergeant, Jeanette Taveras, at JTavera@schools.nyc.gov or Project Manager, Nichola Cummings, at NCummings@schools.nyc.gov. If you are a family in need of assistance, please call (718) 923-5082.