There are many programs especially targeted to young people in Regina.
W.I.T.S. (Walk In These Shoes)
This program is an immediate intensive response to bullying for school age children and teens. The program aims to address the issue of bullying, repair the harm done and restore the relationship between the bully and the victim.
The goal of the program is to:
Assist the young person to develop an awareness of the effects of his or her actions
- To provide an opportunity for the young person to make amends with the victim.
- Eliminate any further bullying behaviors
Youth Extrajudicial Sanctions Program
This program focuses on the restoration of good relations between the youth, the victim and the community. Our process enables participants to explore issues of accountability, the impact of their behaviors on others, the needs of the victim and youth, as well as their rights and responsibilities as members of the community. Agreements arising out of this process allow youth to make amends to victims and address the issues, which may contribute to recidivism. Our program is offered both in the City of Regina and surrounding rural communities.
Linking Youth’s Needs to the Community (LYNC)
In this program, young people with a high risk to reoffend are connected to sustainable supports in the community with the intention of managing their risk, enhancing their skill base and promoting healthy lifestyles.
To receive services clients must meet the following criteria:
- Age 15-24
- Voluntarily accepts service/willingness to participate
- Sentenced offender under the supervision of the Ministry
Accessed at a level 4 or 5 on the LSI-SK or High on the SPRA.
This program is designed specifically for young people, between the ages of 12-17 years, who have been charged with shoplifting under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. The primary focus of the program is educational, using a structured group process. The outcome for this program is two-fold:
- To create awareness and develop empathy in youth of the effects of their actions on the victim, themselves, and the community.
- To provide an opportunity for the youth to reflect on his or her development, discuss values and issues such as self-esteem, peer pressure and decision-making skills.
Primary Crime Prevention Program (PCPP)
The Primary Crime Prevention Program is an educational program that pro-actively aims towards reducing youth crime by teaching elementary school students in grades 4-8 about the laws and how the laws could impact their lives. The program offers 8 modules and within those modules includes the Youth Criminal Justice Act and other relevant issues like theft, property crime, bullying, conflict resolution and peer pressure, drug and alcohol awareness, gang awareness, and internet safety. The goal of the program is to have students to think about their actions as a way to reduce the likelihood of having youth coming into conflict with the law.
Fine Options provides an alternative to paying out of pocket for certain fines. People are registered through one of our branches and then placed in a volunteer work arrangement with one of our community partners where they go to work off their fine. John Howard Society of Saskatchewan is the largest Fine Options provider in the province matching more than 2500 people with volunteer placements last year totaling more than 140,00 hours of volunteer support in the community.
Community Service Program
Upon conviction of an offense, a judge may order community service hours to be completed. Our placement agent arranges for youth and adults to work at a non-profit organization in our community. Upon completion, the court and probation officer are notified.
Robert’s Place is a voluntary peer home for male youth ages 12 -15 in care of the Ministry. Youth living at Robert’s Place choose to live a healthy lifestyle continuously working to make positive choices. While being supported by JHSS they have access to programming such as community engagement, recreation, education and cultural activities.
Stewart’s Place is a voluntary mentor home for male youth ages 16-18 in care of the Ministry. This program is tailored to assist youth who are choosing a healthy lifestyle to become independent in the next stage of young adulthood. JHSS assist to facilitate life skills such as employment, independent living skills, career and post-secondary education preparation.