This project is Phase I of a two phased project to provide culturally relevant programming for African Canadian youth involved in the justice system who have illicit substance abuse issues and who are gang involved. The program being developed will use African-centred principles and practices, restorative justice approaches, cognitive behavioural and solution-focused interventions to reduce high rates of violence, gang involvement and substance abuse among African Canadian youth. This development phase will include:
- initial research necessary to design and develop the modules for each manual;
- focus groups with various stakeholders such as youth, probation officers, service providers and parents to provide input on the topics, issues and behaviours the program should address and feedback on the content of each Manual outline; and,
- developing and testing the manuals. Testing will be done with 2 groups made up of youth and other focus group participants to ensure accessible language, relevant content, creative exercises and client engagement.
Three manuals will be produced - Drug and Substance Abuse Intervention; Anti-Gang & Anti-Violence Intervention; and, Rites of Passage. Handbooks will also be developed to accompany each Manual.