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About this program

Using an evidence-based, crime prevention approach model, this program provides customized, individual support teams for visible minority at-risk youth. The support team and the youth collaborate together on strategies to fulfill needs and to make progress towards the youth’s goals.

Wraparound Program offers at-risk youth, ages 13-18, with holistic support to enhance youths’ strengths and resiliency to manage the challenges and stresses that they face. The program provides opportunities to engage in pro-social activities, develop healthy attachments to their schools and communities, and learn to establish and make progress toward goals.

This program also offers support for parents and other primary caregivers of youth clients.

Parents and other primary caregivers, teachers or school liaison officers may refer qualified youth who are at risk of involvement with negative and criminal activities.

Such youth may be experiencing, or at risk from:

  • Poor school and peer associations
  • Experiencing negative emotional and physical behaviour
  • Substance misuse
  • Mental health issues
  • Violent behaviour
  • Being isolated
Youth will obtain a range of support which includes:

  • Counselling services
  • Referrals to programs within the community
  • Assessment of risk and protective factors
  • Development of a care plan focused on personal goals
  • Monitoring of progress towards reaching goals
  • Development of their individual support teams
  • Discussion about strategies to assist in improvement of their lives
  • Development of an exit plan to maintain healthy and meaningful lifestyle and activity choices
Visible minority youth, ages 13-18 who live in East or South Vancouver can self-refer or be referred by any of the following:

  • Vancouver School Board staff
  • Vancouver Police Department, School Liaison Officers
  • Community Service Providers
  • Social Workers
  • Parents and other primary caregivers

Referral form & parent consent form (PDF)

The program is able to offer service in the following languages: English, हिन्दी (Hindi), ਪੰਜਾਬੀ (Punjabi), Español (Spanish), Tagalog, Português (Portuguese), عربي (Arabic) and 日本語 (Japanese).
MOSAIC Fraser Street office: 201
5838 Fraser Street, Vancouver V5W 2Z5

Phone: 604 324 7979
Email: wrap@mosaicbc.org

Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Staff may work flexible hours outside regular working hours to meet the needs of clients and the program.

This program really help me to believe in myself! You can, too!Anonymous client

Program services

The program has mainly two distinctive service delivery formats:

  • One-to-one para-counselling with a youth worker and one-to-one clinical counselling services
  • Wraparound team support, facilitated by the youth workers

The program consists of four distinct service phases:

A Youth worker conducts an initial assessment and identifies the client’s needs, followed by the development of an individual care plan that includes short and long-term goals.
The youth and the youth worker will establish a Wraparound team, which may include family members, friends, professionals and/or community workers. The team will collaborate to develop action plans that motivate the youth to change behaviour patterns and commit to achieving identified goals.
The Wraparound team meets regularly to review progress and make adjustments to the action plan as necessary. The youth worker will continuously review needs, track successes and challenges, and provide support for both the youth and the youth’s family.
As accomplishing the goals become closer, preparations begin to transition out of the program. The youth worker and the client develop an individual transition plan that includes resources to deal with negative life events, crises, and safety issues.

Youths exit the program when either of the following happens:

  • All the goals are met or
  • Two years have passed since the initial assessment
Visible minority youth, including newcomers, often face an increased risk of ‘falling through the cracks’ as they may struggle with challenges such as a loss of identity, discrimination, social isolation, bullying, unhealthy family relationships and language barriers. These challenges may lead youth to engage in risky behaviours such as dropping out of school, abusing drugs and alcohol, engaging in illegal activities or being recruited into gangs.

The good news is that youth are more likely to make healthy choices when they:

  • Connect with their peers
  • Engage with the community
  • Develop pro-social skills
  • Participate in positive activities
  • Build self-esteem
  • Regulate emotions
  • All youth workers are certified Wraparound High Fidelity Facilitators and have completed relevant Wraparound training.
  • The program is delivered mainly at MOSAIC’s Fraser Street office. The youth workers meet youth at their schools.
  • Bus tickets are provided to youth and their parents, and other primary caregivers to travel to program meetings and activities.
  • Child minding services are available for parents and other primary caregivers when attending a team meeting

This project is funded by Public Safety Canada.