Crossroads Youth Programming

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What? Why?
Crossroads is a crime prevention program delivered by Safe City Mississauga (SCM) in the form of crime prevention presentations and skills development workshops. The Crossroads program believes in the principle that the best way to reduce crime is to address it before it occurs. Through early intervention in the lives of youth, we enhance their knowledge of crime prevention, promote positive decision-making, and work to reduce motivating or risk-factors associated with criminality. Internationally recognized by the International Society of Crime Prevention Practitioners, Crossroads programming aims to promote a safer city with youth who are knowledgeable, aware, and skillful in contributing to crime prevention; thus, keeping themselves and others safe.
How?
The Crossroads program is delivered to youth as an in-school program or via community sessions at youth-focused organizations in Mississauga.

IN-SCHOOL SERVICES

An Overview

a) Crossroads Youth Academy (CYA): High-Schools – Series of 7 crime prevention lessons delivered in a classroom environment.

b) Single-Session Presentations: High-Schools – Intimate Partner Violence or various skills development workshops.

c) Assemblies: Elementary, Middle & High-Schools – Large-style assembly presentations tailored to meet needs of the students and school.


High School Service Options

1. Crossroads Youth Academy

Grades 9-12 | 7 core sessions + optional lesson(s)

Crossroads is most commonly delivered through the Crossroads Youth Academy (CYA), an in-school program conducted in Mississauga high schools.  The CYA comprises of the 7-session Academy, and an optional Post-CYA assignment.

Expert trainers from Safe City Mississauga and our program partners, including Peel Regional Police, Bank of Canada, and Canadian Mental Health Association of Peel (CMHA), deliver one-hour sessions.

Mandatory Sessions Include:

  1. Crime Prevention & Personal Safety
  2. Youth and the Law
  3. Intimate Partner Violence
  4. Cyber Safety
  5. Identifying Vulnerabilities in Youth (Human Trafficking)
  6. Drug Education
  7. Counterfeit Detection

* Should you require any special arrangement regarding the length of Crossroads programming, please contact the Crossroads coordinator directly.

Optional Sessions Include:

  1. Money Management
  2. Job Skills Training
  3. Presentation Skills
  4. NEW! Mental Health Awareness, CMHA Peel

Post-CYA Assignment (Optional)

The post-CYA assignment demonstrates the knowledge students have learned during the presentations. Students may choose to create an electronic presentation, an educational poster, or a project of their choice. Instructions and rubric are provided.

2. Single-Session Presentations

Grades 9-12 | May book multiple sessions

Crime Prevention Topics: Intimate Partner Violence, Cyber Safety

Skills Development Workshops: Money Management, Job Skills Training, Presentation Skills

3. Assemblies

Grades 9-12 | Tailored presentations, may book multiple sessions

Tailored assembly presentations are offered to elementary, middle and high-schools. Each assembly is approximately 30-60 minutes in length and may be tailored to meet the needs of your school.

Topic Options include: Road, Pedestrian and Personal Safety, Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships, Cyber Safety, Digital Citizenship, Theft Prevention, etc.


Elementary School Service Options

1. Assemblies

Grades K-8 | Tailored presentations, may book multiple sessions

Tailored assembly presentations are offered to elementary, middle and high-schools. Each assembly is approximately 30-60 minutes in length and may be tailored to meet the needs of your school.

Topic Options include: Road, Pedestrian and Personal Safety, Healthy/Unhealthy Relationships, Cyber Safety, Digital Citizenship, Theft Prevention, etc.


Community Organizations (youth-focused)

1. Community Sessions

Youth-focused organizations | Single or multiple sessions

Crossroads partners with youth-focused community agencies to deliver crime prevention education and skills development workshops. Sessions are one hour in length.

Crime Prevention Topics: Cyber Safety, Crime Prevention & Personal Safety, Youth and the Law, Intimate Partner Violence

Skills Development workshops:  Money Management, Job Skills Training, and Presentation Skills.

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