Inspired by inREACH: Reflections from a Youth Outreach Worker
My experience with the inREACH project began when the Community Mobilization team was formed. I was one of 4 Youth Outreach Workers, working primarily in the Courtland Shelley community as well as in the Paulander neighborhood, both in Kitchener. Our job as Youth Outreach Workers was to work within the neighbourhood to help make young […]
There’ s always more to learn
I agree with the sayings – ‘there’s always more to learn’ and ‘it’s never too late to learn.’ I lived this out when I returned to university for a Masters degree the same year my daughter started university. Luckily she wasn’t too embarrassed to be at school with her mom. My timing turned out to […]
Trent’s Trajectory: The dollars & ‘sense’ of crime prevention
Trent’s Trajectory is fictional account of a sixteen year old teenager as he becomes an adult. The infographic, created by Wade Thompson, begins by discussing the risk and resiliency factors Trent faces. The story then branches into two paths. In the first path, Trent does not receive community supports and his risk factors drive the […]
Engaging Marginalized Youth: Harnessing experience from the inREACH project
When a community project ends, such as inREACH, the street gang prevention project in Waterloo Region, it doesn’t really completely end. Sure, the office may be closed, the sign taken down, the telephones disconnected and the staff moved on to other jobs, but things have changed in the lives of youth, individuals and our community. […]
The new story continues….
As a Friend of Crime Prevention, I believe that the heart of crime prevention is through social and community development….. As an educator, I was used to being at the front of a group of students or a group of fellow educators. Now being retired, my role as changed, I am continuing on my learning […]
How I became a Friend of Crime Prevention… In 15 Easy Steps!
The Friends of Crime Prevention network is a space for active members of the community to come together and discuss their ideas of crime prevention. The network aims to bridge individuals and organizations in the common goal of increasing social justice and action for a safe community in which we all live. This may look […]
Smart on Crime in the U.S. of A.
When United States Attorney General Eric Holder made gave his “Smart on Crime” remarks to the American Bar Association’s Annual Convention in San Francisco on August 12, 2013, it “launched a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system in order to identify reforms that would ensure federal laws are enforced more fairly and—in an era […]
The Community Weighs in on the Root Causes of Crime: Part Two
In the first part of our follow up to the Snapshot on Crime series, we shared some themes and commonalities we found in the informative, thought-provoking responses of community residents and leaders to the report – A Snapshot in Time: The Root Causes of Crime in Waterloo Region. Each contributor reflected on local data in […]
The Community Weighs in on the Root Causes of Crime: Change and Action
How do we get at the root causes of crime and prevent it from happening in the first place? This isn’t a direct, straight answer, but, the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council believes part of the solution is to monitor the root causes of crime over time. Then we, as a community, can better understand […]
Friends of Crime Prevention – Why Join?
Who knew I’d be joining the Friends of Crime Prevention in my retirement years? Well, it has to be destiny, no one could have told me this would be in my plans, but what a blessing. Let me back it up a bit for you, to Nov. 3, 2011 when my son Daniel, then 28, […]