Youth and Gangs
The Justice Education Society has produced an educational video that illustrates the dangers of gang involvement. It presents a scenario where young gang members struggle with their criminal activities, feel threatened, and recruit another youth into their gang. The video is available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Punjabi. The Society has also published a factsheet that provides overview information about gangs in British Columbia. It describes who joins gangs, lies gangs tell, how to avoid getting involved and tips for parents. The fact sheet is available in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Punjabi.
Youth Criminal Justice Act
Youth and teachers can use this website to learn about the Youth Criminal Justice Act – the law that is applied to anyone aged 12-17. Students can read articles, take quizzes and complete assignments. Teachers can read lessons and take a final exam. The information is only available in English.
Legal Rights for Youth
This website is for youth who have questions about their legal rights. The site helps youth understand how the law applies to them and where they can get help. Topics include: Age-Based Rights, Crime, Family Break-up, Work, Driving, Medical Rights, Online Safety, Renting, Consumer Rights & Debt, Lawsuits, and more.
Legal Rights 4 U
This website uses 9 animated videos and handouts to teach young people about their rights and responsibilities in Canada. K9, a teenager who keeps finding young people in difficult legal situations, teaches youth about a variety of topics, including The Party, Don’t Look in My Locker and Street Freedoms. The information is only available in English.
Testifying in court can be scary for young people. This website will help them with their feelings by teaching them about what will happen. Videos show what to expect in court, how to prepare, and how to testify.
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More Young Offenders Resources
Shoplifting is where someone intends to take something that doesn't belong to them from a store without paying for it, and does so, or tries to. This script discusses shoplifting, including what the prosecutor must prove to convict you, penalties for shoplifting, and legal help available. More details
A young person has the right to a lawyer to represent them in youth court. This script discusses what happens in youth court. Topics include trials in youth court, the penalties (or sentences) a judge can give if they find you guilty, criminal records, alternatives to trial and available legal help. More details
GangPrevention.ca aims to prevent youth involvement in gang activity by distributing information and resources to parents, teachers and the youth. These resources de-glamourize the gang lifestyle and show youth the reality of gangs – a life of violence, drugs and criminal activity. More details
Provides information about a youth record: what it is, whether it is destroyed when a youth becomes an adult, who has access to it, how it may affect travel and employment, how you can find out about your youth record, and when your record is sealed or destroyed. More details