PoCoMo understands that changing the nature of engagement with today's youth is essential, and the importance of relationship building! There are barriers that prevent youth from trusting some traditional services. Research continues to indicate that relationship building is the catalyst to breaking down those barriers and assisting youth in accessing community resources, and reaching their full potential.
Project Reach Out is an innovative product of this reality, taking services to where youth are at, in their turf.
The bus program averages over 3500 contacts annually.
THE BUS DOES NOT TRANSPORT YOUTH.
MODEL: Relationship Based.
Model Key Components: E.A.R.R.
- ENGAGE: Meet Youth Where They Are
- ASSESS: Assess each situation in the moment to determine response
- RESPONSE: Brief 1:1 support, crisis/early intervention, drug education, sexual health information, basic needs, and/or referal.
- REFER: Refer youth in need and are open to being referred to community resources or ICW worker
WE OFFER ...
- Street outreach
- Early/Crisis intervention
- Drug Prevention/education presentations
- Health Promotion presentations
- Brief Assessments
- Job skill support
- Basic needs (cloths, food, blankets, health kits)
- Positive passes
- Weekend Follow Up
- Referrals to community resources, and
- Referrals to PoCoMo's Individual Case Worker (ICW) for further one to one assessments and support
... a safe and trusting place to go after-hours.
NOTE: the ICW is currently only offered in the Tri-Cities area.
Adult & Peer Outrreach workers will:
- Interact with youth as their friend not as an authority figure.
- Listen to their story and help them figure out what their options are.
- Get to know each youth by their first name.
- Provide youth with health promotion information.
- Develop trust and 'street credibility” so young people feel comfortable seeking help from an outreach worker.
- Hang out, have fun and engage in activities.
- Respect young people in their existing environment.
- Assist youth to access help if youth are struggling with substance use or other issues.
- Provide information for youth on services in the community.
- Assist youth in accessing information on sexuality and safe sex.
- Provide sexual health and substance abuse education presentations.
- Be the bridge for youth when referring to community resources.
- Support youth in being their own agents of change.
- Always let youth know they are valued and cared for members of society.
Through Project Reach Out, the following additional initiatives are offered:
- The POSITIVE PASSES INITIATIVE: Staff hands out coupons to reward youth who demonstrate positive behavior in the community. Coupons can be for a free slurpee, swim and skate admissions, pizza slices etc. In an effort to recognize good deeds done by youth in the community, build stronger connections to the community, and to create a sense of belonging, consistent positive actions shown by youth are further acknowledged with an opportunity to win a draw for a t-shirts, skate board, movie passes etc. We have witnessed significant changes in many youth we meet and how they hang out in the community.
- The BOOK CLUB: In partnership with the Coquitlam Library, Project Reach out provides free books for youth to access. It is amazing to see how many youth access the books and share stories of what they have read.
- RESUME NIGHTS: On designated nights, the buses offer opportunities for youth to come and get assistance from the bus team in creating resumes's that will assist them in job searching. The bus team will also refer youth to potential job opportunities through our job posting board on the buses.
- COMMUNITY BBQ PROGRAM: Community BBQs are implemented by the bus staff in various areas of the community. This is an opportunity for neighbours to get to know each other, strengthen relationships between neighbours & youth, enjoy a fun evening, and create stronger, healthier and safer communities.
- BASIC NEEDS: Project Reach Out also makes available clothes, food items, blankets, and a warm cup of hot chocolate.
- HEALTH KITS: In Partnership with Soroptimists of the Tri-Cities, PoCoMo provides health kits to young women & men which contains basic hygene products, sexual health information, condoms, and community resource information.
Bus Hours of Operation?
Friday & Saturday Evenings: 7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Tri-Cities Bus Number: (604-781-6671)
Sunday to Thursday: 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
For more information, please contact the PRO Team Leader
Langley Bus Number: (604-715-9944)
Friday & Saturday: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
For more information, please contact the PRO Team Leader:
FOLLOW THE BUSES ON TWITTER:
Each weekend evening, the bus teams will tweet their activity so our twitter followers get a view to the streets and an idea of the work the bus teams do.
FOLLOW PROJECT REACH OUT ON THE BUS FACEBOOK PAGE (for youth only):
Facebook Page Hours monitored by ICW worker:
Sunday - Thursday: 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 12:00 pm