2021/2022 ERASE School District Mentorship Grant Program
Age group: Adolescence (12-17); Young adult (18-24)
Gender: Mixed (male and female)
Population served: Aboriginal/Indigenous; Gang-involved (and/or at risk); Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and two-spirit (LGBTQ2); Newcomers, immigrants and/or refugees; Visible minority/ethnic group; Youth in contact with law enforcement (and/or at risk)
Topic: Aggressive/violent behaviours; Antisocial/deviant behaviours; Gang and/or related criminal activities
Setting: Rural/remote area; Urban area; Recreational/sport-based setting
Location: British Columbia
Number of completed Canadian outcome evaluation studies: In progress
Continuum of intervention: Secondary crime prevention; Tertiary crime prevention
The 2021/22 ERASE School District (SD) Mentorship Grant program provides funding to support individual and group mentoring initiatives designed to counter gang recruitment and associated gang lifestyle related risks across British Columbia (BC). The grants support SDs to develop and implement local programs and initiatives that meet the interests and needs of youth ages 12-19 (either a new initiative or to enhance work that is already underway in a SD).
The main goals of the 2021/2022 ERASE School District Mentorship Grant Program are to:
- Counter gang recruitment and lifestyle;
- Reinforce healthy relationships and values; and
- Provide timely and targeted interventions
The mentorship programs target youth (12-19 years old) who are at risk of gang recruitment or are gang affiliated. The students are referred by school-based teams. School Districts are responsible for designing and implementing their own mentorship program that is tailored to the needs and unique challenges of students and can range from a culturally focused program to a program with an imbedded mental health and addictions component. Therefore, population served varies from school district to school district and includes students from all backgrounds.
The programs are designed and delivered by school districts during school year 2021/22.
Program components differ based on the school district implementing them. School Districts are responsible for designing and implementing their own mentorship program that is tailored to the needs and unique challenges of students that have been identified by a school-based team of student safety and wellness educators.
The grants were provided based on an indexed assessment of needs and unique challenges to develop individual and/or group mentorship programs that counter gang recruitment and lifestyle and reinforce healthy relationships and values. Additionally, there is a compulsory reporting requirement to ensure that the ERASE SD Mentorship Grant program is achieving desired impacts, public safety outcomes, and socio-economic return on investment.
Some of the critical elements for the implementation of this program or initiative include the following:
- Organizational requirements: The program is open to all 60 SDs across BC.
- Partnerships: Partners are determined by each individual SD based on the needs and challenges of their target audience.
- Training and technical assistance: Training/technical assistance needs are determined by each individual SD.
- Risk assessment tools: Limited information on this topic.
- Materials & resources: Needs related to materials and resources are determined by each individual SD.
The most recognized classification systems of evidence-based crime prevention programs have classified this program or initiative as follows:
- Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development: Not applicable.
- Crime Solutions/OJJDP Model Program Guide: Not applicable.
- SAMHSA's National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices: Not applicable.
- Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy: Not applicable.
Gathering Canadian Knowledge
Canadian Implementation Sites
The program was implemented during the 2021/22 school year in 24 school districts across BC.
The program is administered by the BC Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General’s Policing and Security Branch.
Main Findings from Canadian Outcome Evaluation Studies
An evaluation is currently in progress.
The total cost for the 2021/22 ERASE SD Mentorship grant portfolio was $486,232, awarded to 24 school districts.
There is no Canadian reference available at this time.
For more information on this program, contact:
Serious & Organized Crime Division
Policing and Security Branch
Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General
405-815 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 1T9
Telephone: (236) 455-1631
Record Updated On - 2023-01-09
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