Youth Program / REE*START

REE*START Youth Program | Helping at Risk Youth in Edmonton

(Resources, Education, Employment, Support, Teaching, Advocacy, Respect, Transition)

Our Goal

To support and empower youth to make healthy choices in life. This is accomplished by promoting  independence and helping youth to develop positive support systems so they have skills and knowledge to transition into adulthood.

Our Program...

• Is available to youth 15 – 22 years of age.
• Can be accessed by youth with or without Children and Family Service status or justice status.
• Offers long term and short term one on one support.
• Operates on a Voluntary basis.
• Adheres to Client Centered, Strength Based and Harm Reduction models.

Our Services...

Basic Needs:
• Provides a safe and supportive environment.
• Provides snacks, clothing, and hygiene products.
• Provides supportive conversations to encourage youth to overcome obstacles they may face.
• Provides knowledge of community resources such as, basic needs, housing, legal services, community meals, education, employment preparation and counselling services.

Short and Long Term Support:
• Provides a safe and supportive environment.

• Provides short term and long term support based on the needs/wants of the youth.
• Encourages youth to foster healthy relationships.
• Works with youth one on one, to develop an ongoing service plans.
• Supports youth to achieve their self identified goals.
• Assists with resume writing, job seeking, interviews and follow up techniques.
• Helps youth to complete applications (employment, education, identification, funding etc).
• Provides support in court.
• Assists with appropriate community referrals.
• Encourages and teaches youth to advocate for themselves
• Works in collaboration with other youth serving agencies to provide comprehensive support to the young person.

Three streams of services:

1) Drop In and Community Outreach:
• Provides a safe place for youth to access services and supports that are responsive to the individual’s immediate needs.

2) Ongoing and Justice:
• Provides a safe place for youth to access services and supports that are responsive to the individual’s ongoing and changing needs.
• Youth achieve self-identified goals.

3) Justice:
• Increases the youth’s opportunity for a successful transition from the Justice setting into the community by providing support within the system and in the Community.


We work with clients to identify community resources and link them to appropriate agencies.  We provide internal and external referrals as required.

REE*START is open to all youth (age 15-22) at any stage in their life. Whether the youth requires help with a specific issue or just someone to talk to, the Youth Transition Advisors are there as a support.

Participants are involved in the program on a voluntary basis and are self referred therefore they must want to change their criminal behaviours, and must be willing to make a commitment to the program.

• Walk in during office hours.
• Call for more information, 780.428.7590

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Friday
8:30am - 11:30am and 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Open- 8:30am - 11:30am
Closed-12:00pm - 4:30pm




    The staff are teaching me the skills on how to control my anger.

    Howard House - Client

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    Thank you to the staff for everything.  The program is awesome and you do make a difference in people lives and I thank you for that.

    Edmonton Remand Centre - Client

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    Donnelly House staff showed me that people care.  I felt worry free while staying here. 

    Donnelly House - Client

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    The Family Violence program helped me to overcome family violence and helped me with emotional support.

    Family Violence Prevention Centre - Client


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    The Furniture Program gives people the chance and strength to break away from bad situations. I will be forever grateful.

    The Furniture Program- Client

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Contact the Edmonton
John Howard Society

#401, 10010 105 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 1C4

Tel: 780.428.7590
Fax: 780.425.1699

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