Youth Program

How we can help

Through our program young people gain access to the range of supports and opportunities (or developmental assets) they need to grow up healthy, caring, and responsible. One study of youth civic activism found that these settings had particular strength in cultivating youth and community involvement (Lewis-Charp et al., 2003).

  • Increased sense of self-efficacy as young people learn that they can impact real social challenges, problems, and needs.
  • Higher academic achievement and interest in furthering their education.
  • Enhanced problem-solving skills, ability to work in teams, and planning abilities.
  • Enhanced civic engagement attitudes, skills and behaviors. Many leaders in public service today speak about how they were nurtured, inspired, and shaped in early experiences in community service or volunteering.

How do I know that I am eligible? 

  • You have committed an eligible offence under the Youth Justice Act.
  • You were between the ages of 12-17 when the offence occurred.
  • Referral to our committee will come direct from the Police, or from the Court. You will then be contacted by us to arrange a meeting.

What is your next step?

Once you have been referred to our program:

  • Youth Justice Coordinator will schedule you, along with your parents/guardians, to appear before an Okotoks Youth Justice Panel at the Okotoks Courthouse.
  • At the panel - the details of the offence will be discussed. A contract will be drawn up and terms of agreement carried out within time line given.
  • It is the accused's responsibility to ensure the contract is fulfilled. a second meeting with youth and OYJC case worker is set up.
  • Case worker signs contract if the agreement has been fulfilled.
  • Youth may or may not have another court date. If a future court date is set, the young person must go to court.
  • If successful, formal charges will be withdrawn. If unsuccessful, the court or Police will determine outcome and formal charges may be assigned.