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ISSP

ISSP is a community-based, one-to-one service for medium to high risk youth (aged 13-19) that provides an alternative to custody.

Why we do it...

Through ISSP we aim to help the youth we serve to rehabilitate and reintegrate, thereby reducing the risk of them reoffending.

Where we do it...

ISSP is available in:
Maple Ridge / Pitt Meadows T: 604 476 2820
Tri-Cities T: 604 939 9600
Vancouver T: 604 708 2603

Who funds us...

ISSP is funded by the Ministry of Children & Family Development.

What we do…

We provide each youth with a one-to-one worker. These workers work to build a positive relationship with each young person.  Through this relationship our workers are able to encourage and support the youth to develop appropriate educational, vocational, interpersonal and social skills, and to function in society in a healthy, positive manner. They also support youth to participate in planned activities, to access other community resources and to comply with the conditions of their court orders. The program complements the case management and supervision provided by the youth’s probation officer.

How we work…

We work from a strengths-based approach, choosing to focus and build on the strengths of those we serve rather than their deficits. Programming is tailored according to these strengths, as well as to their individual needs and circumstances.

Supported by their probation officer and by their worker, youth are encouraged to set goals in a range of life areas. These goals often include living in a stable supervised setting, improving relationships with family and friends, engaging in school and/or employment, participating in recreational activities that are legal, ethical and safe, improving physical and/or mental health, addressing drug and alcohol issues, learning new life skills and addressing their involvement in the legal system.

How to Access

Referrals are by probation officer only. The referral must be accompanied by an appropriate court order. To make a referral, request a referral package by calling ISSP in your area.  Once complete, fax it along with a copy of the youth’s probation order to: 604 871 0408.

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