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Youth justice partnerships

Partners in Leading Edge Initiatives

The City of Calgary has partnered with several local agencies to offer innovative programs for at risk and vulnerable youth. These programs range from prevention to intervention measures, and have effectively addressed youth justice issues.

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Phone: 3-1-1 (outside Calgary: 403-268-2489)
Email: 311 Contact Us Service Request

To find other services for children and youth, visit Child and Youth Services.


MASST is an early intervention initiative that supports children between the ages of five and 12 who are exhibiting high risk behaviour, or who are at increased risk of victimization. 12 MASST teams consisting of a City of Calgary social worker and a Calgary Police constable work directly with children, their families, schools and community agencies.

The goals of MASST are to reduce participants’ criminal involvement and victimization, increase awareness of the consequences of criminal activity among participants and their families, increase awareness of social services and supports, and increased collaboration among schools, police and social agencies to prevent youth crime.

MASST is developed in partnership with Calgary Police Services and receives funding support from the Alberta Justice and Attorney General.

For more information, email

The Youth at Risk Development (YARD) program has been working to reduce the number of at-risk-youth entering into and participating in gang activities. A recent evaluation has shown positive results coming from this project. An overview of the evaluation is available here.

YARD is a community-based, early intervention program that supports youth between the ages of 10 and 17 who are at risk for gang involvement. YARD has four teams consisting of a City of Calgary youth probation officer and a Calgary Police constable who work closely with youth and their families, schools and community agencies. YARD teams work to create an individualized case plan that is family centred in order to help youth avoid gang involvement and make positive choices.

YARD is developed in partnership with Calgary Police Services and receives funding support from the National Crime Prevention Center of Canada and the Province of Alberta.

For the YARD referral form, please download The YARD Referral Form.

For more information, call 403-206-8409 or email

Gateway, established in 2005, is a pre-charge extrajudicial measures program. Gateway works with youth between the ages of 12 and 17 who have committed minor, non-violent offences. Youth are referred by front-line Calgary Police officers to a City of Calgary youth probation officer who determines the underlying causes of the young person's behaviour and supports the young person and their family in developing strategies, accessing resources, and ultimately, supporting good decision-making and positive social development. Youth who require resources are referred to community agencies, which have service agreements with the program.

Gateway is developed in partnership with Calgary Police Services.

For more information,call 3-1-1.

Restorative Actions for Transformation (RAFT) provides a continuum of restorative justice services in Calgary. RAFT works with youth who have, in some way, caused significant harm to others. Through its three programs (Community Conferencing, Victim Offender Dialogues and Crime Impact Sessions) RAFT works with youth, victims, supporters and relevant community members to address the harm and create solutions that are beneficial to all members.

RAFT is a partnership between The City of Calgary, Mennonite Central Committee, Calgary John Howard Society and Carya. For more information, visit the RAFT website or call 403 476-7203.