Community Assesment and Action Network (CAAN)
StreetSmarts evolved from the Community Assessment and Action Network (CAAN). The CAAN is a working network of government agencies and service providers who work to address issues of gang violence in the city of Richmond. The StreetSmarts Youth Leadership Program was developed by the Richmond CAAN to support youth who are at risk of gang involvement. The objective of the program is to support these at-risk youth to recognize the impact of their current choice of lifestyle and in turn, empower them to make better life choices. This is conducted through a series of weekly workshops with the additional support of one-to-one mentorship. Our approach is to challenge the youth to examine issues such as peer influence and the impact of gang involvement on their lives, including family, school and community. We engage the youth in recreational and educational activities that the youth feel are of significance to them in reducing barriers to positive change.
The program supports youth who:
- Have a history of violence, use of force and/or use of weapons
- Have shown interest in gang involvement or engage in “gang-like” activities
- Have a history or interest in dealing drugs
- Could benefit from mentorship and support
- Youth aged 13-18 (male and female)
- Resident of Richmond
- Be committed to meeting twice a week, for two hour sessions, for a 12 week period
- Have an interest in issues impacting youth in the community of Richmond
- Comfortable working with others and independently
Benefits to Participants:
- An honorarium for completing the program
- Cover travel costs (bus tickets)
- Reference to use on resume
- Snacks during sessions
- One-to-one mentorship
Plus an opportunity to develop the following skills: Leadership skills; problem solving skills; presentation skills; connecting with community; working with community organizations, an opportunity to meet other like-minded individuals and a chance to make a difference in your community.
For more information about this project please contact Carol Hardie, Richmond CAAN Coordinator.
Generously funded by: