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Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT)

Row of houses in the Clayton Heights neighbourhood in Surrey.

Residents and partners in Surrey’s Clayton Heights community developed the Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT) to make sure young people in Clayton Heights have a safe space to go in the afternoons and evenings. The Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT) will connect people ages 13 to 18 to support to increase their confidence, life skills, employability, health and sense of belonging and work to prevent and reduce crime in the area.

Explore other youth programs currently offered in Clayton Heights, including the pre-teen drop-in at Clayton Heights Secondary School and drop-in programs at Clayton Hall and at Cloverdale Recreation Centre.

“This new initiative has been a way for the businesses in our area to give back to young people and reduce issues in the community. We want to support our young people to give them a sense of belonging and purpose by building relationships and connections in their community -  It takes a village “ Jen Temple –Trademark Group of Companies and Founder of CHAT.

At Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT), young people will meet mentors and your neighbours weekly to

  • find out about work experience programs,
  • do job shadowing,
  • meet caring mentors,
  • spend time getting to know people.

CHAT had a short pilot test in Spring 2016. In 2016, partners will design the program based on youth needs.

Clayton Heights Activity Team and the Public Safety Strategy

Cloverdale’s Clayton Heights Activity Team (CHAT) is a key initiative in the Surrey Public Safety Strategy. This Surrey youth outreach program connects Clayton Heights’ youth with mentoring and peer-to-peer support from young adult volunteers. Volunteers are better able to connect young people with the support they need by building trust in a safe place like Clayton Hall.

Email publicsafety@surrey.ca to learn how to become a Clayton Heights Activity Team volunteer.

How we’ll measure success

  • Improved sense of connection and confidence
  • Reduction in the number of calls for service related to nuisance incidents in the area
  • Reduction in participants’ truancy from school
  • Increase in the number of participants who secure employment or enter training programs

CHAT partners

  • The City of Surrey
  • Pacific Community Resource Society
  • Clayton Heights Trademark Group of Companies

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