Youth Program - Real Me

 






 

 
Discover the Real You

Real Me works with immigrant youth currently involved in gang-related activities, or at risk of becoming involved in those activities. Program staff help youth participants to reach their highest future potential, regardless of their past. 
 

Real Me Volunteer Intake
Who am I? Who do I want to be?  Where do I belong?  
Would you like to help a youth or a family answer these questions?  
If so, volunteering with the Real Me program may be the opportunity for you!

Click here to see available opportunities .
 

We work with:
  • Youth aged 12-24 years;
  • Either first-generation immigrants (those born outside of Canada) or first generation Canadians  (those with at least one parent born outside of Canada) regardless of immigration status;
  • Youth currently involved in gangs, or at high risk of gang involvement;
  • Youth voluntarily willing to participate in the program.
Our team uses the “High Fidelity Wraparound” model. Basically, this means we put the youth participants at the centre, and work with each youth to build a team of support people who will help them set and achieve their goals. In this way, families and caregivers are also involved in the program if they wish. 
 
 
I SAW MYSELF AS AN OUTCAST - SOMEBODY THAT WASN’T WANTED, SOMEBODY THAT WAS BULLIED.
I DIDN’T FEEL I BELONGED AT HOME. I DIDN’T BELONG IN SCHOOL.
I DIDN’T FEEL AT HOME HERE. THERE WAS NO REAL HOME
 
We identify priorities, develop a personalized plan and introduce a support team. The "team" may involve family members, religious leaders, and/or service providers such as addiction counsellors. The "plan" could involve school and job supports, leadership and/or conflict resolution training.
 
In addition to using the Wraparound model, here’s what else we do:
  • Employment and Life Skills – Connecting youth to resources, programs, and coaching for employment and life skills development.
  • Family Support – Our Family Support worker and volunteer “family mentors” provide general support and direct help to meet needs such as community resource referrals, assistance with filling out forms, and educational workshops such as how to navigate the education and healthcare systems, how to use public transit, etc. (For more information on becoming a family mentor, see below.)
  • Academic Support – We work with our school board partners to advocate on the behalf of youth where needed, and with our program’s partners, we connect youth to one-on-one support/tutoring outside of the classroom. 
  • Prosocial Support - Involving youth in positive community activities including sports and recreation, volunteerism, and arts.
  • Counselling – when requested, we connect participants to highly qualified, youth-friendly counsellors.
  • Mentoring – when youth are ready, we match them with mentors in the community to help increase the number of positive support people in their lives. (For more information on becoming a mentor, email Elaine Mew at e.mew@centrefornewcomers.ca).
 
I BECAME MORE POSITIVE, CALMER. I BECAME HAPPIER AND I'M NO LONGER ANGRY...MY SCHOOL WORK HAS GOTTEN MUCH BETTER, I'M DOING REALLY GREAT IN SCHOOL!...


Make a Referral

Help us support high-risk youth and develop an effective approach to gang prevention
If you know a young person that might be involved with crime and might need a professional, please complete Real Me Referral Form.
 
Referral forms can be sent by email to the Real Me team: realme@centrefornewcomers.ca 
This is a secure e-mail. For questions regarding your referral, please contact Program Manager Carolee Turner: 403.569.3325 or c.turner@centrefornewcomers.ca 

Become a Mentor
 
Working with youth can be both challenging and rewarding. Your role as a mentor will guide the youth to become their “ideal self”, appreciating the balance between their identity as a Canadian and their culture of origin. 
For more information on becoming a mentor, email Elaine Mew at e.mew@centrefornewcomers.ca
 
"NOW I LIVE BY EXAMPLE. I TURNED MY BASEMENT AND GARAGE INTO A GYM AND STARTED TRAINING THE NEIGHBOURHOOD KIDS. I SEE THE JOY IN THEIR EYES AND I TEACH THEM DISCIPLINE AND TO RESPECT THEIR PARENTS, AND HOW IMPORTANT SCHOOL IS, AND HOW IMPORTANT IT IS TO BE A LEADER, NOT A FOLLOWER..."
 

For detailed information about the program contact c.turner@centrefornewcomers.ca 

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The Real Me Program is part of the Identity-Based Wraparound Intervention (IBWI) and works in partnership with the University of Calgary, the Calgary Police Service, and the evaluation team of Guyn Cooper Research Associates.  
This project is funded by Public Safety Canada