The Facts

What is “street involved?”

Street involved youth includes young people who hang out, congregate, may be homeless or at risk of homelessness, marginalized, isolated, and /or disconnected from community. Many youth who frequent the streets after-hours may be facing some of the following issues:

  • Family breakdown
  • Family conflict
  • Couch surfing
  • Exploitation
  • Substance misuse/abuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Gang involvement

RESEARCH 2015 – Surveys & Statistics:

ACCESS conducts annual impact surveys on both our outreach program and our youth engagement program. We pride ourselves on providing result based on what the youth say about our services. Below you will find surveys reflecting the success of PROJECT REACH OUT & YOUTH ENGAGEMENT WORKER programs.

PROJECT REACHOUT:

An anonymous survey of 80 + youth who access the youth bus. The survey asked various questions in regard to how th ebus outreach program has impacted the youth we serve.

YOUTH ENGAGEMENT WORKER PROGRAM:

15 youth participants were surveyed.


RESEARCH:

  • GLobal TV 2010: An estimated 75% of youth who are downtown Vancouver being from the suburbs. Project Reach Out plays a very significant role in preventing youth heading downtown. Missing children is on the rise and BC has the highest rate of missing children, estimated at 12,000, most are runaways. Project Reach Out provides a successful early intervention and prevention resource to all and any youth after-hours.
  • CRIME PREVENTION IN THUNDER BAY REQUIRES CASH FOR ROOT CAUSES: “This is 2016, we have 50 years of research that gives us confidence about what things actually work to reduce crime,” he said. “So, outreaching to youth at risk, getting upstream with early childhood and parenting, changing school curricula to include stuff on relationships, and dealing with stuff in emergency rooms so that you actually diagnose the problems – those are all well-established as things that reduce crime.
  • McCreary Centre Society: Making The Right Connections – 2012:(PDF)

“showed that building protective factors such as family, school and cultural connectedness can assist even the most vulnerable youth to overcome negative experiences, can assist young people to make healthier choices and can contribute to more positive health outcomes for all youth in BC”.

Many adults in our community are actively involved with our youth but some of us keep our distance. We can all play a role in helping youth feel more connected our communities by;

Reaching out and saying hello,

Greet with a smile,

Be involved in youth and adult activities,

Talk to your teen daughter, son, niece or nephew and ask what it is like being a young person today

The more relationships we have in our life the safer we feel. The fewer relationship the more vulnerable we are.

  • Marginalized and street-involved youth were three times more likely to be physically
  • and sexually abused than youth the same age in school (AHS 2003).
  • More than one in three of the youth reported that they had been sexually exploited.
  • More than half of youth reported one or more mental or emotional health concerns.
  • Youth/Outreach workers were identified as among the most helpful professionals.
  • Creating Community
  • Feeling connected to others can be an integral part of creating a healthy community.
  • Research and our experience with youth at PoCoMo, verifies this.

HARM REDUCTION

ACCESS is a Harm Reduction focused organization.

“Harm reduction” aims to keep people safe and minimize death, disease, and injury from high risk behaviour.

Harm reduction involves a range of support services and strategies to enhance the knowledge, skills, resources, and supports for individuals, families and communities to be safer and healthier.

Bc Centre for Disease Control RESEARCH ARTICLES