Youth at Risk Development Program (YARD)
The Youth at Risk Development Program (YARD) is a community-based early intervention initiative, delivered in partnership with the Calgary Police Service, Calgary Neighbourhoods, and Alberta Health Services, that supports youth who are at risk of gang involvement. YARD works with youth aged 10-17 who are currently at risk, affiliated with a gang or involved in gang activity. Youth participation in YARD is voluntary. YARD teams, consisting of a police officer and a registered social worker, work closely with youth, their families, schools and community agencies. YARD works to develop an individualized case plan that is family centered in order to help youth at risk avoid or escape the gang life style.
I’m in a gang and want out. How can you help me?
The Calgary Police Service wants to help people get out of gangs. If you need help or if you know someone who does, contact our Gang Help Line at 403-428-8191. You can also talk to your school counsellor.
Youth involved in gangs can also talk to a counsellor confidentially 24/7 by calling the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868. The Kids Help Phone will offer advice on any problems or concerns they may have.
Reporting gang activity
If you're involved in an emergency situation, contact 9-1-1. Otherwise, contact the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.
If you'd like to refer someone to the YARD program, please fill out the Youth At Risk Development referral form. Please provide as much detail as possible to ensure a full understanding of the gang risks associated to the client being referred. Referrals are triaged on a monthly basis and you will be notified if your client has been accepted into the YARD program, or if not appropriate, other programs that may better suit your client’s needs.
More information and additional resources on YARD
For further information, you can email the YARD program team at YARD@calgarypolice.ca or call 403-428-8409.
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