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Redemption Reintegration Services’

Fundraising Brunch

urday, October 12, 2013 PM 6 Industry Street n M6M 4L8 ets are $60.00 613-2920 to RSVP

raditional Caribbean dance and food, ers and support our great cause!

Reintegration Works

Reintegration works!


C ontents

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Empowering Youth...................................................... 04 Our Mission......................................................................06 Case Management.....................................................08 Advocacy.......................................................10 Services.........................................................12 Programs.......................................................14 By The Numbers.............................................................16 In The News.....................................................................18 Partners.........................................................20 Contact Us........................................................................22


RRS Empowering Youth

Redemption Reintegration Services (RRS) grew out of the community it serves, working to provide youth offenders with the programs and services they need to become skilled, active and engaged members of the community. RRS focuses on youth as assets to society, and works to in-

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crease resilience, capacity and agency among youth. RRS has become a leader in reintegration, demonstrating that our approach, which gives youth ownership over themselves, creates a sense of community accountability and nurtures positive growth – Redemption works!


RRS Mission

Founded 4 years ago to address a gap in reintegration services for youth offenders, RRS has tailored programs and services to the youth who come through our doors. These youth are represented across the City of Toronto and demographically with the African, Caribbean and South Asian communities.


Given the over representation of African Canadians and other racialized communities currently incarcerated, RRS recognizes that, to transform this statistic, support and change must come through those with lived experiences who belong to the communities we serve.


RRS Case Management

At Redemption Reintegration Services, we customize interventions for each RRS candidate. Our youth-led, culturally reflective model has supported with meaningful youth engagement, and has decreased recidivsm of RRS candidates. We believe that our candidates should be as responsible for managing their case as we are, and through this level of empowerment we have seen continued success, cultivated youth leadership, and established critical peer accountability.


At Redemption Reintegration Services, our four pillars are the essence of everything we do. Identity

Accountability

Knowledge of self without a shadow of doubt.

Responsible, trusted and reliable. Having a duty to do something or having control.

The individual characteristics with which a thing or person is recognized or known.

Bonded to ones actions. Family, ancestors, and community.

To know where you are going, you must know and honour your ancestors. At RRS we embed identity and cultural competence in all our programs and services.

We collectively strive to develop peer and ancestral accountability in ourselves, our community, and all RRS candidates.

Opportunity Provision

Resiliency

A chance to prove and show skills and talents.

An occurence of rebounding or springing back.

A possibility due to a favourable combination of circumstances.

Persistance.

Collaborating with community and institutional partners to develop opportunities to create sustainable outcomes for all RRS candidates.

We at RRS believe young people are resilient and courageous. We work to build on the strengths and assets of RRS candidates to impact their well being and to create safer neighbourhoods.

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RRS Advocacy

At Redemption Reintegration Services we are actively involved in multiple networks, groups, and collectives to advocate for the broader equity seeking communities and promote community health and neighbourhood well being.


Some of the groups that we are involved with are: - South Etobicoke Reintegration Committee - Youth Anti-Violence Task Force - Black Coalition for Aids Prevention - Black Community Action Network of Peel - City of Toronto Crisis Response Network - Social Enterprise Toronto - Civic Action Black Youth Initiative - Dorset Park Neighbourhood Action Partnership - FACES of Peel Collaborative of Organizations - PASAN Prisoners Awareness and Support Action Network - A.C.C.C.O. African Canadian Coalition of Community Organizations - Premier’s Council on Youth Opportunities - Literacy in Correctional Facilities Working Group - Bridiging the Gap : Aboriginal

& African Canadian Youth Justice Working Group - Roy McMurtry Youth Detention Centre Employment Committee - Roy McMurtry Youth Detention Centre Education Committee - Toronto Black Youth Civic Action Initiativeers - Scarborough/ East York Service Collaborative Meeting - Seneca College Bridging the Gap Committee - Smart Justice Network of Canada - Tabono Institute - Zero Gun Violence Network - CAMH Scarborough/ East York Mental Health Collaborative - TCBN Toronto Community Benefits Network - Toronto Youth Justice Network - S.T.Y.L.E. Steels Lamoureux Youth Empowerment Network

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RRS Services

Redemption Reintegration Services provides integrated and holistic services. We work with our candidates to identify their needs and link them with these services to support and empower them to achieve their goals.


Our services include the following: Inmate Support Services, African Book Collaborative, Employment Supports, Housing Assistance, Health and Wellness Walk-In Services, and a Youth Drop-In Space.


RRS Programs

Our programs honour our trainees, community participants, and RRS candidates by meeting them where they are at when they walk through our doors. From our Transitional high school, G.E.D. equivalancy test preparation, and one-on-one tutoring, our core curriculum of life skills classes, personal development, and mental health and substance abuse groups – Redemption Reintegration Services provides a wide-ranging variety of


- CURRENT PROGRAMS: Roy McMurtry Youth Detention Centre E.P.A. Program, RRS/TDSB Transitional School, D.O.P.E (Drugs Oppress People Everyday) Program, R.T.T.O. (Rise to the Occasion) Program, Talk That Talk Program, Manhood Program, Theft Under 5K Program

classes, Monday through Friday, to over 250 participants monthly. We recognize the transformative power of education and selfadvocacy as one of the key pieces in successfully moving our trainees and candidates forward, allowing them to redirect their lives and re-identify with the truth of who they are. We thank our numerous volunteers and programmatic partners who help make these free services possible.


RRS By the Numbers 184 Youth Connected to Employment 15 Youth WHMIS Trained

18 Graduates of 109 COMMUNITY Centennial College VOLUNTEERS H.Y.P.E. program

46 transitions back 54

Post-Secondary Placement Students

96 FOOD HANDLING C E R T I F I C AT I O N S

to full-time schooling


79 Registered Students

445

TOTAL

PROGRAM

PARTICIPANTS

18,000 site visits

288 workshops

5,484 total Candidates Supported 165,960 Volunteer hours// 194, 400 Placement hours


RRS In The News

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RRS Partnerships


RRS Contact

We are conveniently located at 1460 Midland Avenue, which is right at the corner of Midland and Lawrence and about a five minute walk from Lawrence East Station on the SRT. For more information, please call us at (416) 613-2920

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