End Gang Life – Gang Exiting & Outreach PROGRAM
Make a choice and commit to a new way of life.
To date, guns and gangs strategies in B.C. have primarily focused on programs and initiatives targeting gang enforcement and suppression activities as well as youth gang prevention initiatives. While some exiting services are provided through existing programs targeting at-risk and gang-involved youth, it has been recognized that there is a gap in dedicated exiting programs for adult gang members aged 18 years and older.
We have a desire to further enhance education and outreach to those directly involved, as well as families, friends, and loved ones of those involved in the gang lifestyle. We also want to engage and support communities. All of this is at the heart of the CFSEU-BC’s End Gang Life initiative and research suggests that there are strong connections between the work involved in supporting gang exiting and undertaking outreach to family, friends, and the broader community and positive outcomes. Partial funding for the Pilot is through a grant from British Columbia’s Civil Forfeiture Office, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General.
Purpose and Mandate
This is the first of its kind in British Columbia and is modelled after similar initiatives elsewhere in Canada and the United States. The Gang Exiting and Outreach Program that will use an integrated case management approach to provide exiting supports to adult gang members 18 years and older, while also providing outreach and supports to the gang members’ family, friends, and communities to support gang education, prevention, and exiting success in the Metro Vancouver region.
Examples of exiting supports include, but are not limited to:
- Counselling supports to target underlying cognitive and behavioural issues such as substance abuse and violence;
- Skills training, education, and/or employment supports to identify an alternate positive path and life away from gangs; and
- Ongoing and practical supports to help the person exiting address longer-term concerns related to housing, banking, criminal justice system involvement, etc.
The Pilot is being steered by key justice and public safety sector partners that have a direct mandate to address community safety and gang-related violence in the Lower Mainland. These include the Community Safety and Crime Prevention Branch and Policing and Security Branch of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the City of Surrey, and the Surrey School District.
Gang Exiting and Outreach Applicant Criteria
If you are:
18 years or older;
Live in the Lower Mainland;
Involved in gangs; and
Want to exit gangs and are committed to exiting the gang lifestyle
Contact the Gang Exiting and Outreach Program via email or phone now.