Calgary Youth Justice Society

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Tel: (403) 261-9861
Address: 900, 620 7 Ave SW, Calgary, AB, T2P 0Y8


Since 1996 the Calgary Youth Justice Society has helped over 13000 youth find what is strong in their lives through programs proven to build resilience, reduce risk and nurture community connections.

Our approach is always strength focused, seeing beyond what’s wrong to nurture what’s strong. 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.

Every day, we witness young people gain confidence and hope for a brighter future when their strengths are recognized and invested in. Our impact is young people who feel valued and supported to be a part of our community in a meaningful way.

The Calgary Youth Justice Society provides 2 programs that connects adult volunteers in a positive way with youth who are vulnerable to risk-taking or have involvement with the criminal justice system.


Calgary & Area.

Program Description

In the Lead is a strength-based leadership development program for overlooked leaders. In the Lead reaches out to youth in our city who are struggling to see and use their natural leadership abilities in beneficial ways. Where others see deficits and risk, we see strengths and possibility. With added encouragement from volunteers within Calgary’s corporate community, students transform their views of themselves, their communities and their futures.

As an In the Lead Coach you can expect to:
*Develop a strengths-based approach to mentorship and relational development
*Connect with a Young Leader and support their leadership journey while evolving your own leadership skills and potential.
*Impact a young person’s life by helping them discover and develop their strengths and potential as leaders for themselves and their communities.
*Improve the community by having a positive impact on the leaders of tomorrow.

Calgary Youth Justice Committee program is a community-based alternative to court that gives young people a second chance on a bad decision.
Youth Justice Committee volunteers help young people move through and past a minor offence by holding them accountable without holding them back. With support, young people from all walks of life turn their mistakes into opportunities to grow and give back to their communities.

As a Youth Justice Committee volunteer you can expect to:
*Impact a young person’s life by empowering them to have a voice; increase their accountability; develop self-awareness, all with the goal of avoiding a formal youth record and developing positive relationships with adults in the community.
*Help families by considering their needs as well, providing additional resources to address family difficulties and ensuring cases are handled expediently and efficiently.
*Improve the community by having a positive impact on reducing youth crime.

Areas of Focus

  • One to one
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Group Mentoring
  • In School Mentoring
  • Formal
  • Informal

Ages of Mentees

  • 11-18

Special Populations

  • Aboriginal Children/Youth
  • Girls/Women
  • Boys/Men
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