Impact of the Programs
- Stabilization of physical and emotional health
- Improved family and social functioning
- Improved educational achievement
- Improved connection to the community which encourages youth to participate in pro-social recreation and leisure activities.
- Development of healthy coping and stress management skills
- Develop skills for a successful transition to independence
- Increased ability and confidence to make positive decisions.
Full Time Attendance Program
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria offers 2 community based residential programs as an alternative to custody. The programs are a provincial resource for male youth 12 to 18 years of age. The goal of these programs is to help youth return to their family (when possible) and community and develop prosocial skills and behaviors that will decrease their involvement in the criminal justice system.
Is a safe, supportive, structured environment that provides Experience, Direction Growth and Education for 4 youth. Youth have the opportunity to participate in school program, daily physical and recreational activity, life skills development, individual and group counselling and employment readiness training. Referrals to the program are made by the youth’s probation officer.
Is a residential treatment program for 5 youth experiencing substance use issues. Youth can expect to grow as individuals, learn how resilient they are, receive an abundance of support and guidance and renew their connection to community.
Youth Justice Transition Program
The Youth Justice Transition Program is a Southern Vancouver Island justice support program for youth between 12 and 18 years of age. Youth can be in the program for up to 90 days. Referrals to the program are made through the youth’s Probation Officer and the youth must meet specific legal criteria to qualify. The youth must have a court order with a reside as a directed condition.
The Youth Justice Transition Program emphasizes community-based support with education, employment, counselling, housing, life skills, and recreation that facilitate the full integration of the participant into the community.
Participants live individually with Care Families around Victoria and work with a Youth Justice Transition Program Worker to develop a service plan that reflects their strengths and needs. Youth will also be engaged in trauma-informed tailored programming designed to build capacity and resilience to support their transition from the program back to their family home, supported-independent living, independence or a treatment program depending on the participant.
The purpose of the Youth Justice Transition Program is to assist youth in developing the skills necessary to be successful in life, help them comply with their court-ordered conditions and decrease their involvement with the court system.
Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP)
The Intensive Support and Supervision Program (ISSP) is a community based one-to-one service for youth involved in the criminal justice system. The program serves youth on a court order between the ages of 12 and 18. The program complements the case management and supervision provided by the referring youth probation officer and is most often a court-mandated service.
The overall goal of the program is to reduce involvement in the criminal justice system, through a trauma-informed practice that seeks to optimize the health and wellness of the participants. ISSP staff support youth as they participate in planned activities as well as support and monitor compliance with the conditions of the youth’s court order.
Our staff members work with each youth person using a strength-based approach, helping them develop goals related to educational, vocational, interpersonal and life skills to function in society in a healthy, positive manner. Staff work with participants to help them develop their independence and to develop tools to deal with conflict in their lives. We work collaboratively with community partners including Youth Probation Officers, Victoria Youth Forensics, Discovery, schools, community centres, employment services, legal services and housing providers.
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