They join gangs because they want to be recognized and don't have positive father figures in their loves. Most of the time, either they don't have a father or their father does not provide the proper parental support they need. As for girl gangs, their mother has lost control of her, doesn't show her the love and boundaries the girl needs (same applies to boys) or is not there for her when she needs her mom. Parents sometimes have kids and don't know how to raise them right. Kids also don't have the life experience to make the right choices, especially when they need friends and don't know how to tell the difference between good friends and bad ones. Kids don't realize that joining a gang is a death sentence. They'll end up in jail, prison, or dead at an early age or if they don't end up that way, will end up trapped in a criminal lifestyle nearly impossible to get out of since gang members will kill you if you try to leave.