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Gang Reduction Strategy

There is a program in Hamilton ON, that offers help to youth at-risk for gang involvement or, are in gangs and want out. The brochure states …. YARD Hamilton is a community-based Gang Reduction Strategy initiative that supports youth who are in a gang or at risk for gang involvement.

The YARD TEAM will provide services such as:

  • Individual Counselling/Case Management
  • Life Skills
  • Employment Skills
  • Educational Support

YARD Hamilton will work to develop an individualized case management plan that is client centered in order to help youth at risk avoid or escape the gang lifestyle. Participants will be screened and placed in one of two streams. Each stream will consist of one and a half hours of programming and one hour and a half of recreation twice per week.

Prevention- The program will set out to assist youth at risk with gang affiliation through a 12 week program and 12 weeks of community support with a mentor.

Intervention- The program provides support to individuals who have been identified as having high risk for gang affiliation or have confirmed gang affiliation. Participants will complete 24 weeks of programming and 24 weeks of support with a mentor.

Referral Criteria:

  • 12 – 24 years of age
  • Male or Female
  • At risk of gang involvement or currently involved in a gang
  • Desire to make positive changes in their life

For more information about the YARD program:

  • Tel: 905-522-4446 ext. 308
  • email: yardhamilton@jhshamilton.on.ca 
  • Address: John Howard Society, 654 Barton East, Hamilton, ON L8R 1B1