Gangs Deal With It

Deal with it before wrong seems right

by Jabari Lindsay

An accessible guide to a tough problem, written by a youth social worker with gang-exit-strategy experience

One of the best approaches to keeping kids away from gangs is to inform them about the realities of gang involvement before they are offered the choice.

This book in the Deal With It series is designed to connect with any reader, whether they're already involved with a gang, considering join ing a gang, or have witnessed gang activity in their neighbourhood. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a difficult-to-address problem.

Gangs: Deal with it before wrong seems right uses real-life situations based on the author's experience as an at-risk youth counsellor to show tweens:

  • common myths about gangs
  • how to avoid being pushed or pulled into gang life
  • how to get out
  • where to go for help

About the Author

JABARI LINDSAY has been working as a youth social worker for the past decade. He is the former Project Director for Breaking the Cycle, a Toronto youth gang exit program. He is currently the Project Manager for the Youth Gang Activity Project for the City of Toronto. He lives with his wife and two
young children in Brampton, Ontario.


"Teachers and counsellors might find this book useful as a discussion starter."
Myra Junyk, Resource Links
"an informative and eye-opening book" Recommended.
Gail Hamilton, CM Magazine
"offers teachers, guidance personnel, or front-line workers a useful resource... Its frank portrayal of the sexist, violent, and stressful reality that is street crime, and the practical steps it offers readers on how to escape gang culture, mean it might actually be a lifesaver."
George Sheppard, Canadian Teacher


Best Books for Kids & Teens *Starred Selection* (Canadian Children's Book Centre)
VOYA Nonfiction Honor List

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