Gang Awareness

Workplace training for frontline staff who work with vulnerable populations to raise awareness about gangs.

Jasmine Brazil will present information from her masters thesis on the pathways of Aboriginal women into, through, and out of the gang lifestyle.

Topics will include:

  • The road to gang involvement
  • Relationships in the gang
  • The role of the gang as a family
  • Leaving and staying out of the gang
  • Challenges of intergenerational trauma

WrapED youth workers will share their experience of working with the young people they support to help them move away from potential gang involvement.

This FREE, two hour workshop is an excellent opportunity for staff training. REACH will work with managers or staff to coordinate a time and date to bring this workshop to your workplace. A minimum capacity of 10 staff is required.

Contact Lisa Langston for more information or to book a session.

(780) 498-1231, ext. 317

About the Facilitator:

Jasmine Brazil recently successfully defined her thesis, "Survival kicks in... and that's that": Exploring the Pathways of Aboriginal Women Into, through and Out of the Gang Lifestyle. This research was completed at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Dr. Jana Grekul. The research focused on topics including: the road to gang involvement, relationships in the gang, the role of the gang as a family, leaving and staying out of the gang and the challenges of intergenerational trauma and how all of these factors should be viewed from the lens of women to best inform gang intervention and prevention strategies and programming.

Jasmine has been fortunate enough to work on research projects or in research-based positions with the Government of Alberta, Justice Canada, City of Edmonton, the Population Research Laboratory (U of A) and various community programs in Alberta. She hopes to continue to be able to do research work that aids the community in developing and implementing program supports for vulnerable populations. She is excited to be able to share her research and for the opportunity to work with REACH Edmonton and the Gang Awareness Program team.

Participant Feedback

"The extent of gang activity was eye opening. The signs to pay attention to that indicate involvement were important."

"An insight I had was the importance of intervention and the earlier the better."