Gang Prevention/Intervention Programs

Youturn –Youth Support Services provides targeted services to young people between the ages of 12-21 who are at high risk of involvement in gang activity through two programs:  On Point and Supporting Families.

On Point

The On Point program is a Gang Prevention/Intervention program for youth between 12-21.  Delivered in partnership with the John Howard Society of Ottawa, the program provides intervention services to support gang involved youth and/or high risk youth at risk of future involvement in gang activities.  This program serves the region of Ottawa, Rockland and Russell county.

Gang prevention and intervention services are provided based on the needs and strengths of each youth, family and community.  Intervention services include the provision of individualized community based counselling for youth and their families.  Prevention services are aimed at limiting future gang involvement.

Intensive intervention supports are provided by Youturn – Youth Support youth workers, and prevention services are delivered by trained facilitators through our partner, the John Howard Society of Ottawa.

Supporting Families

This three year program is funded through a grant from Justice Canada.  Supporting families provides community based programming to youth 12-17 at high risk for gang involvement.  Based on the Youturn community service model, this intervention program provides supports for youth and their siblings in a family context with the goal of a reduction in involvement in gang activities.

Gang Prevention/Intervention Programs Service Model

The Gang Prevention/Intervention program model provides intensive services for youth, their siblings and families targeting a reduction in recidivism and future gang involvement.

Holistic support for families is provided through individualized counselling, increasing access to education, training and employment opportunities, supporting health relationships, assistance with substance abuse and/or mental health, and support for parents and family members to enhance their abilities and skills to be an active participant in preventing their children from further involvement in criminal activity.

Evidence Base

The program model builds on learnings from the Supporting Families Siblings at Risk Pilot which was a project funded through the Ottawa Gang strategy.  This partnership of  Youturn –Youth Support Services, the John Howard Society, Ottawa Police Service and the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa targeted the at-risk younger siblings of known gang members with a comprehensive approach aiming to support families.

Using the evidence based collaborative problem solving service model, the pilot served 14 families, working with 18 parents, 45 younger siblings and 14 identified gang members. It helped improve the siblings’ school lives, reduce negative behaviours and offer pro-social activities, such as sports. It connected parents with local services (ie:  employment, recreation and education) and reduced their sense of isolation.  More information about the pilot and the first three years of the Ottawa Gang strategy can be found here:  http://www.crimepreventionottawa.ca/Media/Content/files/Publications/Youth/Ottawa%20Gang%20Strategy%20Report-%20first%203%20years_Octo%202016pdf.pdf