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Restorative Youth Services
Restorative Youth Services (RYS) consists of two active components:
The Little Black Book (of youth resources)
The Little Black Book is an easy to use resource guide for youth in the Surrey, Langley, Delta, White Rock and Maple Ridge areas. It provides teenaged youth with helpful information about a variety of services including health, violence prevention, education, counselling, recreation and more.
Visit the Little Black Book website at: www.youthblackbook.com
Enquiries about The Little Black Book, can be directed to Saskia Epp.
CJI gratefully acknowledges Envision Financial, City of Langley, City of Surrey, Coast Capital Savings, PCRS, Chris Spencer Foundation, Lions Clubs of North Surrey, Scottsdale, Walnut Grove, and Aldergrove, and the Langley Soroptimists for the generous financial support of The Little Black Book.
Asset Development Project
Giving children and youth what they need to succeed.
CJI is committed to the positive and healthy development of children and youth. In collaboration with the South Fraser Child and Youth Committee (CYC), we worked on a two-year project focused on the 40 Developmental Assets that children and youth need to succeed.
The US-based Search Institute identified the 40 Developmental Assets as important qualities, values, experiences, and characteristics of children and youth that will enable them to become healthy and successful adults. This positive child and youth development philosophy is gaining great momentum throughout North America, with the goal of diminishing the negative stigmatization of young people, and working towards viewing and treating young people as resources in creating healthier and more engaged communities.
In 2007, CJI formed partnerships with three organizations in the South Fraser Region communities of Surrey, Delta and Langley: Crescent Beach Community Services, the Delta Police Department and the Township of Langley. The goal was to help these organizations develop and implement customized initiatives based on the 40 Developmental Assets. By developing these individualized strategies, we assisted in integrating the 40 Developmental Assets into community-wide initiatives in each community.
The Asset Development Project provided training to staff at the three partner agencies. A website was developed that is dedicated to promoting the use of the 40 Developmental Assets to various service providers and community members. The website gives specific examples of ways people can be Asset Builders every day through their interactions with children and youth.
CJI would like to thank the CYC and the Vancouver Foundation for financial support of this project.