We believe that the strength of our community lies in our ability to come together as a community and work together. Our youth program concept is designed to capitalize on this strength by bringing youth groups and organizations and community service providers working in the area of prevention and the municipality itself together in a unique setting. Each group will be encouraged to draw on the others by sharing ideas, resources and by working together as a group to find solutions to community issues. As youth issues become more evident in our community, the benefits of a community team approach to problem solving become apparent.
As a result we have worked with a variety of different agencies that serve children and youth to provide high quality recreation experiences as well as partner in providing prevention opportunities for many key issues that youth face today.
Curfew Monitoring: This service is provided for youth who have been placed on a curfew as a condition of a bail order.
Intensive Support and Supervision: A community based one-to-one service for sentenced youth on a court order who are medium to high risk and need. It is an alternative to custody. Youth development workers engage the young person in planned activities in a social learning environment and monitor compliance with court orders and conditions. Goals and objectives are developed in consultation with probation officers, guardians and parents.
PLEA Community Services of British Columbia: PLEA delivers community-based social, health, educational, vocational and justice services to children, youth, families and adults who, during periods of their lives, face significant challenges and barriers. We utilize personally tailored strategies in non-institutional settings to assist individuals to live their lives as normally, successfully, independently and safely, in their own communities, as their personal needs and circumstances allow.
Gen-Out: The “Generation Out” drop-in group is for youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, two-spirited and questioning. Meetings are held once a week in the evening in Maple Ridge and Tri-Cities. To learn more contact 604-708-2648 or email Gen-Out.
Integrated Youth Development: Youth Development Services are provided one-to-one to participants on an outreach basis in the community. Youth Development workers support youth to reconnect to educational programs and graduate, assist with access to employment programs and help secure jobs, encourage young people to participate in social and recreational activities in the community and create opportunities for youth to participate in events that provide positive and mutual peer support. Services also assist young people to develop Youth Agreements to meet their identified goals in these areas. To learn more contact Michelle Cherak at 604-476-2820 or email Michelle Cherak.
KidStart Kinnections: Kid Start Kinnections is a mentoring service for young people leaving the guardianship care of the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD). It provides ongoing support while the young person makes the transition to adulthood and independence. To learn more contact Erika Fryer at 604-476-2821 or email Erika Fryer.
KidStart Mentoring: KidStart Mentoring is an awarding winning, CARF accredited, prevention and diversion program for vulnerable kids ages six and older. KidStart recruits, selects and supports volunteer mentors who work with young people at risk of experiencing serious difficulties in their lives. To learn more contact Erika Fryer at 604-476-2821 or email Erika Fryer.
Onyx: Onyx is a one-to-one voluntary support service for youth under the age of 19 who are being sexually exploited. The objective is to assist youth to leave sexually exploitative situations. They provide an immediate response to youth who contact the service and work with them to access the support and resources they need. These may include health services, a safe place to live and /or detox or treatment for substance use. Onyx is available 24/7. To learn more contact Michelle Cherak at 604-476-2820 or email Michelle Cherak.
Youth Agreements Support: Youth Agreements Support provides assistance to youth aged 16-19 for supported independent living. Youth will sign a youth agreement with a social worker from the MCFD and referrals are made from the MCFD youth team social workers in the Maple Ridge area.
Ridge Meadows Youth Diversion Program:Ridge Meadows Youth Diversion has been serving Maple Ridge since 1994. We are a youth diversion program, which encompasses much of the Youth Criminal Justice Act's principles and objectives. Not only do we receive youth offender referrals from Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), we are one of the few programs in British Columbia authorized to receive referrals from Crown Counsel. Our program works hand-in-hand with the community, community service agencies, RCMP and Crown Counsel to help youth who are in conflict with the law, realize the harm done, accept responsibility for their actions and behaviours and be accountable for their offence. Volunteer mentors are a vital part of our organization. Volunteers participate in the community accountability panels and as mentors, they work one-on-one with youth throughout the youth' diversion agreement. Mentors provide guidance and support to youth, helping youth succeed in life and in the community. To learn more contact Ranjit Kingra at 604-467-6911 ext.1159 or email Ranjit Kingra.