Follow the below listed guide to be able to identify, locate, and provide mitigating and protective factors to the child, youth, or adult that is at-risk of becoming (or is already) gang involved and wanting to change their life.
TALK TO THEM
Ask the person you're concerned about if they're interested in pursuing alternative options to being gang involved.
This can only be successful if the person you're concerned about is voluntary in this process.
If they say, "No", you might have to re-visit this conversation at a later time. Don't give up and think that it's a "No" forever. Things change.
IDENTIFY THEIR RISK FACTORS
Click THIS LINK to find a list of youth gang risk factors.
Either with the person, or on your own, identify as many risk factors that apply as possible.
Write it down somewhere or keep the tab that opens up for Step 03.
FIND LOCALIZED SERVICES
Utilizing either Wellbeing Toronto or the Toronto Police Service's Community Asset Portal, you can simply enter the postal code of where the person resides and click on the appropriate boxes to find services specific to the risk factors involved.
These services are free and can help greatly mitigate the risk factors with protective factors.
CONTACT MULTIPLE SERVICES
Most people at risk of gang involvement suffer from many risk factors. The goal is to mitigate as many risk factors as possible to maximize the prevention of them continuing on the path towards gang involvement.
Contact the services that you find and ask questions.
The services are free and can be contacted directly.