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Project Assessment Report: Outreach Work carried out by Équipe Rivière-Des-Prairies, Montreal, Canada

 

In 2016, ICPC was approached by the City of Montreal to carry out an assessment in the Rivière-des-Prairies (RDP) neighbourhood. This project comes as a response to an important increase in violent crimes, vandalism and acts of delinquency, registered by the SPVM neighbourhood Police Station. According to youth workers and police officers interviewed, these criminal acts are believed to be committed by young people aged 14 to 16 attending the Jean-Grou secondary school; and are therefore weakening the sense of security among the residents of the neighbourhood.

 

This assessment monitors the actions implemented by Équipe RDP, in the framework of the outreach work proposal submitted to the Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles borough. The project proposed by Équipe RDP “aims to strengthen collective action by supporting the leader committee in (…) defusing conflicts and tensions between youth groups at the end of classes in the Jean-Grou secondary school area”. In order to do so, the report 1) defines the differences between street work and outreach work, 2) assesses the implementation of the project, based on the actions and means suggested in the action plan, then 3) analyzes the project’s results based on success indicators targeted by the team and finally 4) conducts a synthesis of the assessment which will enable us to better identify future recommendations.