Communities In Schools of NC Launches Gang Awareness Poster Campaign as Students Head Back to School

Campaign Offers a Positive Alternative to Gang Involvement.

Raleigh, NC, August 25, 2006 --( As North Carolina students head back to the classroom, Communities In Schools of NC (CISNC) is using a new poster campaign to encourage them to be more involved in positive extracurricular activities. The “Join My Gang” poster series was created by CISNC, with support from the NC Governor’s Crime Commission. Posters have been distributed to elementary schools across NC to serve as daily reminders of the many positive alternatives to street gangs. The five-poster series depicts colorful images of youth participating in activities ranging from the martial arts to playing chess.

"I am pleased that CISNC can be a part of raising the awareness level about the importance of early prevention in our efforts to combat gang activity in NC. It is a very serious and complex problem that calls for all of us to work together to create healthy alternatives and positive youth development," said Linda Harrill, President and CEO of CISNC.

The posters, which are part of the larger CISNC “Join My Gang” initiative, were unveiled Thursday at Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do in Raleigh. In addition to the poster program, CISNC will provide follow up training and technical assistance. Framed copies of the posters were presented to Linda Hayes, Chair of the Governor’s Crime Commission; Donnie Harrison, Wake County Sheriff; and Jung Ho Lee, Head Instructor of Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do.

The initiative comes on the heels of this year’s passage of the Gang Prevention Act by the N.C. General Assembly. Under the new law, gang members who commit crimes will face stiffer penalties if convicted, particularly those identified as organizers, and members who coerce others into participating or threaten fellow gang members who want to get out.

About Communities In Schools of NC, Inc.
Communities In Schools has earned its place as the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in schools and prepare for life. There are 36 local operational programs in North Carolina serving over 400 schools and other sites. During the past school year, CIS served over 80,000 youth and family members and it maintains a presence in the four largest school districts in North Carolina. For more information on CISNC visit

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Graham Wilson