Advisory: Ottawa Gang Strategy hosting conference on Gangs, Trauma and Community: Improving Outcomes

When: Friday, February 27, 2015 Where: Confederation Education Centre 1645 Woodroffe Avenue. Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2 What: Gangs, Trauma and Community: Improving Outcomes is a one day conference aimed at service providers: community agencies, teachers, youth workers, police officers, who work with gang members, youth at risk of gang membership and communities affected by gang activity.

Agenda: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Registration-Coffee & Muffins 8:30 -10:00 a.m. Opening Plenary: Welcome and Brief intro to Ottawa Gang Strategy Keynote Speaker: Tom Walker 10:15 -11:00 a.m. Youth and Parent Panel 11:00 a.m. - 12 noon Guided Networking Session 12 noon-1:00 p.m. LUNCH 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. Workshops

Concurrent Workshops 1. What Makes a Good Mentor 2. Unravelling Identities and Belonging: Criminal Gang Involvement of Youth from Immigrant Families 3. YARD: Youth At Risk Development 4. Motivational Interviewing for Criminally Involved Youth 5. Act Locally, Think Provincially: MCYS Update 6. Update on Gang Activity in the Ottawa Region 7. “Le Projet Mobilis”: Longueuil, QC (workshop in French) 8. So Many Services - Some Many Flyers

Cost: $60 (Bursaries available, send your request by e-mail to On-line registration required Program Details Keynote Tom Walker – MSW, RSW Gangs: Trauma and Its Influence on Engaging in Gang Activities This keynote session will focus on trauma and its influence on young people engaging in gang activities. The presenter will discuss the interplay of how trauma, class, race and ethnicity can make youth more or less vulnerable in engaging in gang activities. The workshop will also focus on the importance of workers not buying into a street mentality when working with youth They need to know about the street and be able to honour the difficulties of navigating youth gang life while at the same time introducing a revised set of rules and strategies that will enhance youth opportunity for success when leaving a gang. During this workshop the presenter will discuss the following: 1. The influence that trauma can have on young people wanting to engage in gang activity 2. The estimated prevalence rates of trauma in who engage in gangs 3. The reason why youth feel insulated against suffering further trauma when they join gangs 4. The dance that needs to occur in order to engage youth without becoming complicit and enabling of the gang culture that they live in 5. The importance of supporting youth with stabilization before going into their traumas Honouring the Lived Experience: Youth and Parent Panel, Moderated by Michael Justinich From the outside looking in, as service providers and concerned community members, it can be all too easy to make quick assumptions about the individuals and families caught up in gang activity. This panel will ground our conversations in the lived experiences of those closest to the issue: young people and parents who have come too close for comfort to gang activity.

Networking Session This structured Networking session will provide participants with the opportunity to meet up to 24 other participants and exchange program and contact information. A great way to ensure part of your day involves extending your local network. Please bring 24 business cards or pamphlets.

Workshops There are 8 concurrent workshop sessions, each will be run twice. Please rate your first three choices and give zeros to those you do not want to attend. We will try our best to accommodate your first two choices. See short workshop descriptions below. What Makes a Good Mentor? Susan Ingram, Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ottawa How can you make sure that your volunteers are effective at assisting clients who need mentorship and support? Can staff be effective mentors and role models for youth? Learn the skills and best practices of mentoring from the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Ottawa 45 years of experience.

Unravelling Identities and Belonging: Criminal Gang Involvement of Youth from Immigrant Families, Dr. Hieu Van Ngo, University of Calgary Professor Ngo will present his compelling, community based new research on gang involved immigrant youth with important lessons for understanding, prevention and intervention.

YARD: Youth At Risk Development, Marvin Watson and Joy Gardigan-Friesen, John Howard Society of Hamilton YARD is a comprehensive and integrated gang reduction intervention. Yard Hamilton is modelled after the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model (OJJDP) and is an approach that cuts across traditional agency boundaries through an integrated approach of community agencies to deliver 5 core strategies: 1 Community Mobilization;

Opportunities; Social Intervention; Suppression; and Organizational Change and Development

Motivational Interviewing for Criminally Involved Youth, Ida-Jane Graham, John Howard Society of Ottawa How can we engage a youth in positive change? What can we do as workers to encourage youth people to make better choices? Learn about motivational interviewing techniques and how it can be used with young people in trouble with the law.

Act Locally, Think Provincially: MCYS Update, Trish Moloughney, Matthew Hurd and Donna Irvine, MCY Join in an interactive discussion about policy and programming initiatives and possible future directions with the Youth Justice Services Division of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.

Update on Gang Activity in the Ottawa Area, Staff Sgt Ken Bryden; Ottawa Police Service; a representative from the Gatineau Police ServiceLearn about recent developments in gang activity in Ottawa from the Ottawa and Gatineau Police Services. What gangs are operating in Ottawa? What activities are they involved in? And who is participating in gangs in Ottawa?

“Le Projet Mobilis” : Longueuil, Québec, Carole Demers, Karine Angelini (workshop in French) The Mobilis project is a partnership between the Centre jeunesse de la Montérégie and the Agglomération de Longueuil police department that aims to fight sexual exploitation of girls and human trafficking. During the workshop, we will speak about helping the girls through their personal difficulties, the first contacts with gangs and exploiters, their recruitment, their development, attempts to run away, arrests / police actions, their search for power, classic victim reasoning and “their programming,” spontaneous statements to police, complaints and the legal process.

So Many Services – So Many Flyers, Philippe Martel, Community Information Centre of Ottawa It's hard to keep track of all the different services available and even harder to know what services is really going to work best for an individual. This information and referral workshop will give frontline workers the tools to guide them to improve their referrals and explore the complex web of services available to youth.

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