The Aboriginal Youth Outreach Program (AYOP) supports multi-barriered youth aged 12 to 24 who may have been involved with, or are at-risk of involvement with the criminal justice system. Aboriginal youth are over represented in Canada’s corrections system and AYOP aims to break this trend by encouraging positive behaviour and offering support.
Aboriginal youth who participate in AYOP are likely in unstable or unsafe housing and are at risk of becoming homeless or in a shelter situation. Our Aboriginal Youth Outreach Worker offers one-to-one support, family mediation, crisis resolution, counselling, goal setting, assistance with securing affordable and safe housing, advocating on behalf of the youth for funding with bands, assistance finding and maintaining employment and/or further education.
AYOP also supports Aboriginal youth who reside at CJHS’s two youth residences, Raido House and Windsor Park, as well as youth within other agency programs who may be living in the community, or might be experiencing homelessness or incarceration. AYOP supports Aboriginal youth to prevent their involvement in crime; to promote a positive lifestyle; and to re-unite them with their Aboriginal culture and families.
For more information please contact our Main Office at 403.266.4566