The Youth Advocate Program helps prevent youth aged 9-15 from engaging in anti-social and criminal behaviors.
If you know a youth who has had involvement with the law and is exposed to the following risk factors, you could refer them to the Youth Advocate Program.
- alcohol or drug use
- frequently in trouble with the law
- high commitment to friends involved in criminal activity
- friends and family who are gang members
- conflict between home and school life
- gangs in or around school/neighborhood
- lack of adult role models
- parental criminality/violent attitudes
- siblings with anti-social behaviors
By referring a youth into the program, you will be giving them the opportunity to work with professionals in the community, in all facets of life, to find strength and support and to not become involved in criminal or gang activity. This program is voluntary.
How do I refer a youth?
Please note: A referral does not guarantee acceptance to the program.
- All information will be kept confidential.
How does the Youth Advocate Program work?
The Youth Advocate Program is family-centred, which means it looks to and works with the family of the youth to provide coordinated support. The program’s goal is to reduce the key risk factors—isolation, stress, negative rushes—that make young people vulnerable to engaging in criminal behavior.
By connecting youth to existing community programs and support, the Youth Advocate Program increases self-reliance, resiliency, life skills, and social skills by engaging youth in constructive behaviors with family, school and community.
The program is aimed at children and youth aged 9–15 years old. It has a maximum of 45 participants at any given time. It works closely with primary caregivers and anyone who has the youth’s best interests at heart, and always privately, confidentially, and with the consent of the family.
A Youth Advocate Worker will work directly with the youth—about five times a week—and their family, building on the youth’s strengths and enveloping them with the support services of their community. Together they will build the skills and confidence required to withstand pressures to become involved in criminal activity.