Learn about the Surrey Anti-Gang Family Empowerment Program and how it takes a coordinated approach to address youth gang violence.
The $7.5 million SAFE program, funded by Public Safety Canada and led by the City of Surrey, is working to keep children and youth out of gangs while building positive life skills and increasing connections with family, school and community.
With a large population of children and youth living in Surrey, the SAFE program is investing in the lives of vulnerable and at-risk children and youth by building early intervention programs and disrupting negative pathways to gang violence.
Together with our partners we provide services to children, youth, and their families.
Watch this 22-minute webinar to learn more about SAFE’s programming and accomplishments to date.
SAFE Accomplishments to Date
- From January 2019 to March 2020, SAFE partners collectively extended services to 1515 unique clients including 1292 children and youth at-risk for gang involvement and 233 of their parents and caregivers.
- In an effort to be inclusive and extend the reach of SAFE, 216 clients were offered culturally sensitive programming such as clinical counselling in their preferred spoken language.
- SAFE has a goal of supporting a total of 4700 at-risk children and youth by the end of its five-year funding cycle. After its first 15 months (25%), 27% of that target has been met meaning SAFE is on track to meet its final client goal.
- SAFE involves 10 partners delivering 11 individual programs using $7.5M of federal funding over 5 years.
CHART Accomplishments to Date
The Children and Youth At-Risk Table (CHART) is one of the SAFE-funded programs and offers data that demonstrates SAFE’s early impacts. Learn more about CHART accomplishments.
The SAFE Centre is at the heart of the SAFE Program. Located within the new Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) campus in City Centre Civic Plaza, the Centre is a new approach to a healthier, safer community.
The Centre is a collaborative space where the City of Surrey SAFE Team will be located, and partners will meet to coordinate and deliver services. A key initiative that will take place in the centre is the new Children and Youth At-Risk Table (CHART). CHART aims to lower the risk of gang involvement by providing tailored support to children, youth and their families.
The Centre will also serve as a key resource for information sharing and safety innovation. It will accommodate workshops, training sessions and conferences, where leading experts in community development and safety will collaborate to tackle difficult issues. Program partners will have access to community safety resources and collaborative work spaces.
The Centre is for partner collaboration and is not a walk-in space. Access to services is available by emailing the City’s SAFE Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or contacting SAFE Program partners.
SAFE programs are delivered in partnership with the following organisations:
- City of Surrey
- DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society
- Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)
- Options Community Services Society
- Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS)
- Progressive Intercultural Services Society (PICS)
- Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
- Simon Fraser University (SFU)
- Solid State Community Society
- Surrey School District
SAFE is made up of 11 programs that are delivered by 10 partner agencies. SAFE programs are designed to:
- address program gaps with innovative new services;
- build on effective existing programs;
- coordinate support for families across agencies; and
- evaluate programs for continuous improvement of services.
Programs delivered through SAFE support children and youth, and their families, by providing services that will help divert them away from gang involvement. Some programs deliver cultural support to groups at higher risk and others deliver services in targeted neighbourhoods.
Learn about the Caregiver Education Program designed for parents and caregivers of at-risk youth.
Learn about the FYRST program that helps youth showing early signs of criminal & gang involvement.
Learn how the Female Youth Gang Intervention Program provides relationship-based support to girls.
Learn about the High Risk Youth Justice Program offering life skills training to children and youth.
Find out how the Intercultural Family Intervention Program can help at-risk youth & their families.
Find out how the Surrey School District is supporting at-risk youth.
Find out more about SAFE Community Clinical Counselling services.
Learn about how the South Asian Family Strengthening Team supports caregivers of at-risk youth.
Learn about the Youth Hub for Co-operative Enterprise, designed for newcomer youth in Surrey.
You can contact any of the SAFE partners listed to find out more information and to access these services.
All communications are kept confidential.
For more information about the SAFE program, please email email@example.com.