Youth Program - Real Me
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!
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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.
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…
- 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 email@example.com).
Help us support high-risk youth and develop an effective approach to gang prevention
For more information on becoming a mentor, email Elaine Mew at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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