Reclaiming the word ‘gang’

It’s interesting that the word ‘gang’ hasn’t always been a negative word. The dictionary definition includes “a group of persons working together” and “a group of people with compatible tastes or mutual interests who gather for social reasons”. Only recently has the definition also included “a group of persons associated for some criminal or other anti-social purpose”. Within the Round House project, we’re reclaiming the word “gang”, and engaging with local young people to “work together” and celebrate “compatible tastes” for sport and positive activities, including gaining qualifications, learning new skills and even creating social enterprises. As rapper Snoop Dogg was famously quoted; “It’s so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs… we should make it that easy to be involved in football and academics.” That’s our plan at Engage Communities. To get involved in a gang that’ll help you to go places, check our website in a few weeks and find out where your nearest Round House session is.

By Yaser Mir
Founder & Director

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