Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans
Gender: Mixed (male and female)
Population served: Gang-involved (and/or at risk)
Number of completed Canadian outcome evaluation studies: In progress
Continuum of intervention: Secondary crime prevention
Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans is a program designed to reduce youth violence and youth gang activity in the Saint-Michel community in Montreal. This program, which is based on the Wraparound approach,Footnote1 seeks to make a difference in youth’s sense of belonging at school and in the labour market while reducing the attractiveness towards a gang or criminal lifestyle.
The program is centered on academic support; conflict resolution; counselling and social work; job employment; leadership and youth development; mentoring – tutoring; skills training; social emotional learning; and truancy prevention.
The main goals of the Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans program are to:
- Foster changes in attitudes towards violence and crime among youth; and
- Reduce the attractiveness towards youth gang membership.
The appropriate clientele for the Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans program is youth between the ages of 12 and 24 who are at-risk of gang involvement. Youth may participate in the program if they have significant risk factors associated with gang involvement and/or if they have a history of violence.
Youth are referred to the program by their school administrators or the police service.
The Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans program consists of:
- A personalized action plan, which reflects the unique needs and strengths of each youth and their families;
- A support team, which guides the youth to successfully achieve the goals and the objectives set out in their individualized action plan;
- Referrals to various community resources so that the youth may have access to employment and educational assistance; and
- An exit/transitional plan, which seeks to prepare the youth to successfully plan for their futures in the workforce and in the community.
Some of the critical elements for the implementation of this program or initiative include the following:
- Organizational requirements: It is important to incorporate family members and community-based organizations into the individualized action plans for each youth. This will ensure that youth develop prosocial goals in order to achieve success in school, in the workforce, and in their community.
- Partnerships: Organizations should collaborate with local high schools, police services, health and social services, and other local organizations.
- Training and technical assistance: Staff must be trained in the Wraparound approach.
- Risk assessment tools: Limited information on this topic.
- Materials & resources: Limited information on this topic.
The most recognized classification systems of evidence-based crime prevention programs have classified this program or initiative as follows:
- Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Not applicable.
- Crime Solutions/OJJDP Model Program Guide: Not applicable.
- SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: Not applicable.
- Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy: Not applicable.
Gathering Canadian Knowledge
Canadian Implementation Sites
Public Safety Canada’s National Crime Prevention Strategy provided funding to implement the Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans program in Montréal (Quebec) (2013-2019) by la Maison des Jeunes par la Grand’Porte.
Main Findings from Canadian Outcome Evaluation Studies
The Solutions de rechange et acquisitions de compétences pour les 12-24 ans program has been selected by Public Safety Canada for a process and outcome evaluation. This evaluation is currently in progress; results are not available at this time.
No information available.
There is no Canadian reference available at this time.
For more information on this program, contact:
La Maison des Jeunes par la Grand’Porte
8649 24e Avenue, Suite 7
Montreal, Quebec H2I 1M1
Telephone: (514) 721-1747
Record Entry Date - 2018-03-12
For more information on Wraparound, refer to the program descriptive sheet.
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