Public Forum on Gang Awareness


It will take each of us and all of us to do the best we can
to stem the tide of hatred and violence in our world.


The UCHRC’s InterFaith Community Network has called upon all sectors of the community — the clergy, parents, students, citizens, educators, social agency staff members, community organization staff members, law enforcement professionals, and all youth advocates — to come together for a community education and dialogue on gang awareness.

Acknowledging the presence and impact the gang culture has in our communities, this ongoing series of Gang Awareness Public Forums has been developed so that all sectors of the community can come together to discuss and share ways that we, individually and collectively, can address these issues and work with youth to encourage healthy choices, relationships and affiliations.

Formal and informal presenters and the audience have engaged in a healthy dialogue to explore the best practices to develop and fund gang-prevention measures and outreach.  The first three sessions were held in November 2011, January 2012, and March 2012, at the John H. Stamler Police Academy in Scotch Plains.

We are grateful to the many citizens within Union County and the surrounding counties and towns who have taken the time to participate and to proactively take a stand to influence our youth’s direction toward a brighter future while making our homes, schools and community a better and safer place to live and work.

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Forum, please email UCHRC@ucnj.org and provide your name, title, organization/agency, mailing address, phone number and email address.