Calgary Youth Justice Society
The Calgary Youth Justice Society provides three programs to support young people who are vulnerable to risk-taking and criminal activities.
We connect adult volunteers in a positive way with young people who are at risk of or have involvement with the criminal justice system. Our approach is always strength focused, seeing beyond what’s wrong to nurture what’s strong.
Our impact is young people who feel valued and supported to be a part of our community in a meaningful way.
Our programs reflect a paradigm shift in thinking about interventions with youth who are vulnerable for engaging in high-risk behaviours.
Instead of the traditional model of negative labeling and attempting to control at-risk behaviours and attitudes, we begin with the assumption that all youth have the potential to be resilient if engaged in ways that affirm their value and worth as the starting point for positive change. We want to see young people contribute to, and flourish in, safe, caring communities.
Youth Justice Committees are an alternative to court. The Committees find appropriate and meaningful consequences and solutions for the young person between 12-18 years involved in criminal activity and his/her victims.
Ngage supports youth who are assigned community service hours in response to their offence and who are having trouble starting or completing their mandated hours. It provides wrap around support to youth who have significant barriers which would prevent them from achieving success in a typical volunteer placement.
In the Lead is an innovative leadership and character-building program using an approach with young people that engages with what is strong in a young person as opposed to what is wrong. It increases resilience and reduces the likelihood of risk-taking behaviour that could lead to criminal activity or leaving school.
- One to one
- Peer mentoring
- Group mentoring
- In School Mentoring
- Aboriginal Children/Youth