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4.4.2

Work with the Crime Prevention Council to develop and implement the Street Gang Prevention Project.

yellowstatusFinal update (September 2014)
Federal funding through the National Crime Prevention Center for the street gang prevention project inReach ended on March 31, 2013 with Regional Council provided one time funding to extend the project to the end of December 2013.

Since closure of the inReach program, WRCPC has received numerous reports about challenges with disengaged marginalized youth. While inReach may not have been able to prevent these situations, the community has come to expect some level of intervention with youth through a comprehensive and integrated approach.  In April 2014 over 120 people came together with the Crime Prevention Council to harness the knowledge from the inReach project expertise.  Participants developed 13 recommendations, which were narrowed down to three action steps.  Community partners and residents agreed to resurrect a group similar to the inREACH project advisory committee with the mandate of developing a region-wide strategy to engage marginalized youth and a first meeting took place in June 2014. Meanwhile, neighbourhoods and project partners are utilizing the experiences from inReach to prevent situations that put youth at risk of street gang involvement.  These efforts are highly dependent on local and often grass roots energy.  Further dialogue about possible resource options are planned.

Progress Update (September 2013)

inREACH is a youth gang prevention program for Waterloo Region. The program is designed to work with youth between the ages of 13-24 who are involved in gang activity or at-risk of being involved in gang activity. inREACH is a community collaborative with multiple project partners. The formal project partners are listed below. There are also many referral, project committee and community partners who provide in-kind support to the project who are not listed.

  • House of Friendship
  • Mosaic Family Counselling
  • Preston Heights Community Group
  • Kinbridge Community Association
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services
  • Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF)
  • John Howard Society
  • St Mary’s Counselling Services
  • Region of Waterloo (Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council)

To date, inREACH has made significant strides in working with the target population and collaborating with community partners to ensure the success of the project. inREACH is at full project implementation, meaning that all three phases of the project have been successfully implemented. inREACH has gained significant traction within the community amongst youth and service providers.

inREACH’s Process and Monitoring Evaluation is complete and many of the results are very promising. As of March 31, 2013 funding from the National Crime Prevention Centre came to an end. The Regional Municipality of Waterloo provided inREACH with one-time funding that would allow the project to maintain key services and supports and to secure sustainable funding past December 31, 2013.

Progress Update (January 2013)

The Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council received nearly $3.8 million over 45 months from the National Crime Prevention Strategy for a collaborative gang prevention project involving several community partners.  The project is called "inREACH" and is a youth gang prevention program for Waterloo Region. The program is designed to work with youth between the ages of 13-24 who are involved in gang activity or at-risk of being involved in gang activity.

To date, inREACH has made significant strides and all three of phases of the project have been successfully implemented.

inREACH is a community collaborative with multiple project partners listed below:

  • House of Friendship
  • Mosaic Family Counselling
  • Preston Heights Community Group
  • Kinbridge Community Association
  • Waterloo Regional Police Services
  • Reaching Our Outdoor Friends (ROOF)
  • John Howard Society
  • St Mary's Counselling Services
  • Lutherwood
  • Waterloo Regional District School Board
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board
  • Region of Waterloo (Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council)

There are also many referral, project committee and community partners who provide in-kind support to the project who have not been listed.

Council will encourage the federal government to continue to financially support the inReach program of the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council.

Progress Indicators

  • Meets targets agreed upon in the contribution agreement and as outlined in the impact and process and monitoring evaluation of this agreement. 
  • Specifically engages 60 hard to engage youth and supports them in exiting gangs.

Related Links

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)