The Recipient will pilot a peer group approach aimed at building life skills such as self confidence, ability to handle stress, personal control, anger management and pro social behaviour. The program entitled Reconnecting Youth (RY) will be piloted at Pearson Collegiate, located in one of the 13 designated priority neighbourhoods in Toronto, and will target youth in grades 10 to 12. Participants will be in a gang or have been identified as being likely to join a gang, are drug users and are at risk of dropping out of school. The majority of youth in the program will be from the youth justice system with referrals from probation officers. Some youth will also participate in the program based on recommendations of teachers, parents/guardians and self referral. There will be three groups of youth attending this program - one each semester - over the duration of this project.