Since 1974, Youth Services has been providing prevention and early intervention services aimed at reducing criminal behaviour among youth in Burnaby. Youth Services staff also provides referrals and information to youth and their families on other programs or services available in the community. Youth Services accepts referrals from the community and from RCMP members for youth who are between the ages of 9-17 years and are experiencing some form of conflict within their community.
Youth Services provides the following free services:
Assessment and short-term counselling is provided to address the underlying causes of the youth’s behaviour. The primary goal is to provide support to the youth and their families and to assist them in learning new skills. The counsellors will work with the youth on issues such as: anger management, self-esteem, healthy relationships, conflict resolution and communication skills.
Counsellors may work with families and the youth with the aim of assisting them in strengthening the family unit and working to resolve underlying issues that lead to conflict.
The values and principles of Restorative Justice provide a constructive and meaningful response to crime and conflict by creating opportunities for accountability, understanding and healing. The process provides the victims an opportunity to share how the incident affected them. Restorative Justice also allows the youth who have caused harm to take responsibility for their actions and be actively involved in repairing the harm.
For more information about Youth Services please call 604-294-7720. Youth Services hours of operation are Monday to Friday 8:30-4:30 pm and evening appointments are available upon request.