The Phoenix Curriculum provides gang prevention and gang intervention resources in two ways:
• a core gang prevention program, The Phoenix Curriculum includes elements specifically designed for elementary school, middle school, and alternative school students. It inoculates students against the highest risk factors for gang involvement. It also links students to the most available protective factors and assets.
• a gang intervention curriculum, a comprehensive set of nearly 100 different resources, designed for intervention with higher risk students in middle schools, high schools, and alternative schools.
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These highly successful and innovative resources are used nationwide to address the risk factors underlying gang recruitment and gang involvement. All of our materials are provided under our site license arrangement allowing for unlimited duplication for programs conducted at designated school, facility, or site. This makes these programs especially affordable, as this is a one-time cost.
Please contact us for information on pricing and to discuss how our resources can help accomplish your desired outcomes.Educators — teachers, principals, and school resource officers are often on the front line in the fight against gang proliferation. The Phoenix Curriculum core program was built with educators in mind. Hundreds of hours of program resources are available for elementary school, grade 6, middle school, and high school from our comprehensive core program to short films. [more] Law Enforcement — these materials offer law enforcement personnel resources to address gang prevention and gang resistance, and may be used in classroom, detention, probation, or correctional, or correctional settings. [more] Gang Prevention — comprehensive evidence-based gang prevention resources, which includes a Core Program and various supplemental materials for elementary school, grade 6, middle school, and alternative schools. It is based on proven cognitive-behavioral principles and has been successful in gang prevention programs across the country, inoculating youth against gang violence and risk factors and increasing linkage to available protective factors. [more]
Gang Intervention — intensive evidence-based antigang strategies for elementary school, middle school, high school, and alternative schools (100-150 hours at each level). Gang resistance materials include classroom- and counseling-based curricula, designed for higher risk students, including current gang members. This comprehensive curriculum also addresses both risk factors and protective factors [more]
Films — presented in DVD format, with accompanying workbooks, these gang intervention and gang prevention films can be used in schools, detention centers, and community programs. Each DVD contains multiple short videos designed to illustrate key points. Video elements illustrate key decisions and consequences of key risk factors in young gang members' lives. Workbook elements provide the opportunity for participants to identify and evaluate the consequences of key risk factors in their lives. Titles include Choices, Gang Issues, Stories from the Streets, and Kids at Risk. [more]
What Do You Think? — comprehensive story- and issue-based resource supports all program settings: elementary school, middle school, and alternative schools. More than 200 activities address issues for males and females of all ages. Materials are also available in Spanish and for adult programs. [more]
Critical Program Objectives
The Phoenix Curriculum guides students in developing self-efficacy in identifying and addressing their highest risk factors for gang involvement. This self-efficacy includes the ability to recognize high risk people, places, things, and situations, and have confidence that they can handle these risk factors effectively using new skills. The skills include a range of coping options for avoidance, escape, refusal, gang resistance, and violence prevention.
To develop self-efficacy, the students will demonstrate competence in problem solving, problem avoidance, using refusal and escape skills, coping effectively with their highest risk factors, asking for help from safe and supportive people, managing their feelings, resisting gang involvement, and controlling impulsive behaviors.
The success a gang prevention program also depends on the development of a firm safety net. Students are encouraged to identify and enhance critical protective factors which can help them achieve happy and productive lives. This process includes the development of pro-social values and behaviors, the selection of pro-social friends, empathy for others, the development of positive goals, involvement with a personal support system, and participation in positive community organizations and activities).
The Phoenix Curriculum is based on the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission's experience with the Phoenix Gang Intervention and New Freedom programs. The school-based NJJJC program Project Phoenix demonstrated significant reductions in recidivism (50+% reduction)using these antigang strategies, and the Project Phoenix anti-gang program was awarded the national "Spirit of Excellence" award at the National Gang Crime Research Center's 2004 annual gang program conference in Chicago.
The Phoenix Curriculum is a standardized, lesson-based curriculum consisting of 50 program hours of materials. A 25-hour version is also available. Supplemental materials include interactive workbooks and videos.
The Spanish-language curriculum includes Curriculo Phoenix, Recursos de los Programas de Desviación (Spanish-language community program), and Programa de Intervención de Pandillas (Spanish-language gang intervention resources).