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Youth Justice - How Do You Fit In?

Did you know…

  • Canada has the highest rate of jailing youth in the industrialized world?
  • Canada’s youth justice system has changed?
  • A Youth Criminal Justice Act has replaced the Young Offenders Act?

Are you interested in…

  • Preventing youth crime?
  • Finding meaningful ways to repair the harm to victim and community when a youth commits a crime?
  • Ensuring that youth who do come into conflict with the law are successfully reintegrated back into their communities?

If you answered YES to these questions, you are not alone!

  • Public Legal Education and Information Service of New Brunswick (PLEIS-NB) can help you find out more about youth justice issues.  We offer Youth Justice educational products and can help arrange a youth justice information session in your school or community. 

Tell us what interests you.

  • Community Dialogues  - In addition to offering "youth justice" products, PLEIS-NB is also partnering with the John Howard Society of New Brunswick to deliver public awareness sessions (Youth Justice Dialogues) around the province.  We would be pleased to help set up a "dialogue" in interested local communities.
  • Youth Justice Exhibit - PLEIS-NB is also housing a Justice Canada exhibit and display called "Youth Justice -- A new approach". We can send the display and youth justice materials to youth related conferences or events around the province.  We may also be able to send our Youth Justice Project Coordinator or another resource person to discuss the youth justice renewal initiative. 
  • Youth Justice Kit - We can offer fact sheets on a variety of youth justice issues that deal with topics such as recognizing risk factors, preventing youth crime, supporting youth in conflict with the law, posters and more.
  • Video: Chasing Away Rain Clouds - This video explores a number of youth justice issues. It presents the views of youth on uch issues as boredom, peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, lack of skills, dropping out of school and poverty. The youth offer insights into why some kids get into trouble how to make punishments more meaningful and, the kinds of support that might help kids stay out of trouble. A Discussion Guide further explores the issues that are briefly addressed in the video. A Youth Justice Lesson Plan Guide is also available for teachers to use with students. Video and Discussion Guide -- $10 :  Borrow/ preview -- free
  • Youth Justice Internet Site - Check out our educational products as well as an interactive quiz and puzzle game on the Youth Justice Section of PLEIS-NB's website  Just click on the youth justice puzzle piece to enter. Be sure to participate in our Internet Challenge by creating your own youth justice webpage. 
  • Snapshot of Youth Justice Services and Programs  - An overview of the kinds and programs around the province of New Brunswick that provide youth 12- 17 years of age with educational support and life skills, job training, volunteer, recreational and leisure opportunities, as well as health and safety programs

I would like more information on the items indicated above.

Name __________________________________________
Organization ____________________________________
Address ________________________________________
Postal Code _____________________________________
Telephone ______________________________________
Fax ____________________________________________

Send your request to:
Public Legal Education and
Information Service of New Brunswick
PO. Box 6000
Fredericton, NB  E3B 5H1
Tel: 506 453-5369
Fax: 506 462-5193


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