REACH Immigrant and Refugee Initiative
After the Framework Development Reflective session in June 2018 and discussions about culturally appropriate community building, a new approach was identified. This work merges the family violence prevention work and Police and Youth Engagement Program in a holistic community development practice.
- Support culturally appropriate community building through the natural support model with settlement and broker service systems.
- Build strong relationships between emerging ethnocultural communities, police services, Children’s Services, and mainstream services.
- Build youth capacity and leadership skills throughout the year within the family and community context.
- Respond to emerging community groups that address community needs not provided by other agencies/services.
- Identify and implement systems change drivers. These will create a conducive environment for newcomer and vulnerable populations. This will result in safer communities.
- Work with other organizations that serve newcomers to find innovative solutions to the complexity of integration.
- Engage community groups and various stakeholders in addressing issues around hate incidents/crime, discrimination, and racism.
- Align strategies with all partners around healthy family outcomes.
Improve communications, linkages, and engagement among partners and key community stakeholders.
Increase capacity (knowledge and skills) of community leaders to improve family health.
Maintain a well trained, cohesive team of community leaders and mentors.
Increase social supports for men, women, youth, and LGBTQ newcomers.
Increase awareness of family violence prevention supports.
Improve positive parenting and communication skills.