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
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
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.