School Based Youth Diversion Programs
Based in restorative practices, Peer Power is geared to help empower and support youth through intervention and prevention. Training includes “Moment of Choice”, peer helping, leadership, peer mediation, and communication skill building. It is an experiential and activity based learning model. Adult mediation, communication, and facilitation workshops are also available.
Our RA program provides all students with the opportunity to engage in positive restorative and supportive work when dealing with conflict and bullying. The purpose is to repair the harm caused in a safe and supportive environment. The program goal is to create solutions and outcomes that provide the framework for learning how to manage difficult situations and move forward with a sense of resolution and well-being.
Choices program is an early intervention group designed to teach youth reasoning and decision-making skills. Youth will have the opportunity to examine the importance of their personal value systems and how influential these systems are to empathy, communication, decision-making, and victimization. Youth are encouraged to take responsibility for their actions and the positive or negative consequences they create for themselves.
Time to Think
Time to Think is a gender specific group offered to service high risk youth. Facilitators focus on safety, trust, growth, and support while encouraging a group atmosphere of participation and responsibility. Class sessions focus on modifying impulsive, egocentric, illogical and rigid thinking of participants through structured group activities, role playing, problem solving, and group discussions.
Get a Grip
Get a Grip program is offered to provide youth with appropriate and positive skills for interacting with peers, family, and community when faced with difficult situations. Participants are encouraged to be active in changing attitudes and behaviours surrounding their anger awareness and management.
Youth Justice Committee Program
For youth Aged 12 to 17
The Youth Justice Committee Program is an alternative to formal court proceedings. A youth and their parent(s) or guardian will meet with a committee of communtiy volunteers and the victim. Together they will negotiate meaningful ways or "sanctions" for the youth to repair the harm caused.
Extrajudicial Measures (Pre-Charge Diversion)
This program offers youth in the judicial system supportive interventions and effective alternatives to addressing the impact of crime without formal criminal proceedings. An investigating officer may decide that the youth and the community would be better served by EJM which is designed to hold youth accountable for their actions while offering opportunities to intervene in at-risk behaviours. Examples of measures used within this program can include: community work, apology letters, an apology in person, essay/crime prevention projects, restitution, and/or participation in anger awareness, substance abuse, or life skills programs, and/or participation in a Youth Justice Committee.
Extrajudicial Sanctions (Court Diversion)
A Crown Attorney may consider the option of EJS if the young person cannot be adequately dealt with by way of police warning, caution or referral to the Extrajudicial Measures program due to the serious nature of the offence, the number of previous offences committed by the young person, or any other aggravating circumstances. The EJS program offers youth the opportunity to complete community based sanctions as a means of having their charge withdrawn.
The Federal Diversion program is designed to provide youth that are charged with Federal Offenses, primarily under the Controlled Drug and Substance Act, the opportunity to complete community based sanctions as a means of having their charge withdrawn.