Toronto program helps youth in conflict with the law get second chance

Youth more likely to reoffend without support, writes Jody Yaa Dunn

Throughout the day, youth pop by to visit us at Peacebuilders Canada – there’s five of us crammed into a tiny office – and hang out on the couch, talking about how their day is going, while we finalize program plans or court reports for the upcoming weeks. Our team is focused on supporting youth that are experiencing conflict with the law. We work with approximately 100 court-involved youth every year and our team is often described as small but mighty. Despite what some may think about youth that are involved in the justice system, we consider our youth to be some of the most resilient and determined youth in our city.

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