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Yo Bro, Yo Girl

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Early identification of risk factors and outreach to those most vulnerable to criminal or gang involvement has been proven to be an effective crime prevention technique. The Yo Bro Yo Girl focuses on prevention of gang involvement, violence and substance use among boys (Yo Bro) and girls (Yo Girl), aged 12 to 18 years.

Under the new Public Safety Strategy , we will be expanding the scope and reach of the program to provide support to even more young people.

“The program currently supports over 450 youth each week with educational and recreational activities.” – Joe Calendino, Yo Bro

Yo Bro Yo Girl is delivered at both the elementary and high school level - in the classroom, out of school and during school breaks. Older participants can also play a mentorship role as alumni of the initiative. Yo Bro Yo Girl delivers a range of impactful, life-changing programs that focus on

  • improving school and community engagement,
  • positive social interactions, and
  • improved individual confidence and autonomy.

Programs and presentations include:

  • Taking It to the Streets
  • Keeping it Real
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Know Means No

Yo Bro Yo Girl has been supported by the City of Surrey since 2009 and has demonstrated significant value in diverting young people vulnerable to the gang lifestyle and other precursors to criminal activity.

Contact publicsafety@surrey.ca with any questions on Surrey and Yo Bro Yo Girl.

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