YouthLink Calgary’s Community of Prevention Program
Youth aged 11-17 of vulnerable populations, initiated to fill an identified gap in existing community services; the need for programs available to youth-focused police officers, social agencies, probation officers and other.
Parents and Teachers of Calgary youth, to help complete the circle of support and increase the success of youth-focused initiatives
Measurement strategy in progress
Our Process & Evaluation
Information and trends provided to us by the Calgary Police Service, allows our organization to remain relevant and focus on priority crime issues. Our goal is to protect children during their critical adolescent years by using education to empower safe decisions when faced with crime-related pressures and challenges.
Through the evaluation of a variety of science-based information systems and an on-going partnership with the Calgary Police Service, programs and supporting exhibits focus on four key reduction strategy topics: Drugs, Gangs, Healthy Relationships and Online Safety.
Each year, our Safe for Life Presentations are updated to target the risk and protective factors related to Calgary’s current crime-related trends as well as behaviours and issues reported by police.
For 2019, our focus will be on implementing new and strategy-driven initiatives as well as enhancing the evaluation and monitoring of our impact.
Key Ingredients for Success
In accordance with the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS), administered by Public Safety Canada’s National Crime Prevention Centre (NCPC), YL included the following specific elements in its programs:
Address key risk and protective factors relating to each Safe for Life Presentation.
Focus on the root causes of risk and protective factors (support, knowledge and smart decision-making skills, accessing resources and support).
Deliver this critical information to the right kids and the right time: Calgarians on the cusp of facing difficult crime-related pressures.
Maintain partnerships with other Calgary-side support networks: Calgary School Boards, the Calgary Police Service, local social agencies.
Evaluate and monitor our success.
The Goals of Each Program
Using science-based strategies proven by the NCPS as well as our team’s expert knowledge and three decades of organizational experience, we implemented the following goals for each program:
Develop positive decision-making skills to avoid criminal behaviour and victimization.
Acquire an understanding of the important roles of police and citizens pay in community safety.
Develop an appreciation for self-reflection, taking responsibility and getting help.
Increase perception of a deserving future and self-worth.
Introduce effective behavioral skills for reducing anxiety, impulse behaviour and aggression.
Increase knowledge of and reduce negative stigma of substance abuse and addiction.
Increase accessing resources for support.
The anecdotal and measurable results of YL’s programs demonstrate the effectiveness of the organization’s efforts. Teacher and student feedback supports these findings with increases in the following areas: participant’s knowledge of key issues identified by the Calgary Police Service, positive decision-making skills and positive perception of police.
“I found out how much drugs effects peoples lives and the impact on friends and families.”
“An excellent program. All the students were engaged which is not always easy. The learning that the students did could not happen in a classroom.”
“I never knew that someone at the age of eleven could join a gang…. it made me more aware….”
“The kids were raving and the parents were raving about what an incredible facility you have created… best field trip ever.”
“It was so very fun and made me feel more comfortable with who I am. Also, to try to have a good future.”
“These are issues that they are beginning to be exposed to, so it is so critical for them to have this information…”