What is the Community Youth Intervention Initiative?
The Community Youth Intervention Initiative (CYII) works with Aboriginal youth in conflict with the law. The Community Youth Intervention Worker (CYIW) works closely with probation officers, and operates as a linkage between youth and probation officers. The CYIW also works with community members including the leadership and the community Education Authority.
The CYIW plays an important role in the development of a local program and provides support and assistance to reintegrate youth back into the community – in a positive and meaningful way. The CYIW meets regularly with clients and helps build their self-esteem while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
The goal of the CYII Program
The intent of the program is to guide youth to a better understanding of how their behaviour affects others in the community and to make amends by giving back to the community in a meaningful way.
Youth will gain a new insight into the cause and effects of their behaviour. In addition, the program may help youth to develop new skills and interests and to seek out new training opportunities.
- Youth between the ages of 12-17
- Youth who have been in trouble with the law and are on probation
- Youth who want to turn your life around
- Youth who have a court-mandated order to complete
- Youth who require assistance in completing or finding placements to complete court-mandated orders
Benefits of the CYII Program
- Youth learn new skills and hobbies
- Youth develop self-esteem and empowerment
- Youth participate in group activities such as camping, boating and cultural events
- Youth learn about their community and history
- Youth reconnect with Elders and family members
- Youth develop a healthy lifestyle