The Recipient will work with approximately 12-15 young people, aged 13-17, who are in conflict with the law, to undertake a youth-driven assessment of violence and gang activities in the Weston-Mt. Dennis community in Toronto. The objective will be to generate community activities to support the reintegration of gang-involved youth, while assisting the youth involved with the project in their own rehabilitation.
Youth selected for the project will themselves undergo an assessment process and be required to commit to a personal goal around reintegration and/or personal development; this may include a goal relating to education, employment or housing.
The youth will participate in a series of workshops, over 12-16 weeks, where they will identify the symptoms that lead to young people becoming involved in gangs and engaging in acts of violence in their community. Participants will explore their community, share their experiences, and learn administrative and visual media skills such as interviewing and video production.
After the workshops are completed, youth will assist the program facilitator in doing a needs assessment with community stakeholders and other youth. This will include conducting focus groups and using visual-media based tools. The findings of this project will be presented through a visual medium and written report to community stakeholders, to increase opportunities for collaboration on new reintegration programs and for youth in conflict with the law who are involved in gangs and violence.