The Step Up and Step In program is an initiative that focuses on youth engagement, youth leadership and youth empowerment and is geared toward the prevention of youth violence and criminal activity in Edmonton.

This program is divided in two streams:

School Stream

Offered within several Edmonton Public Schools, the program works to address, reduce and prevent student violence, harassment and bullying

Our School Stream offers support to students and school staff including:         

  • Student Leadership Development
  • Peacemaking Circles
  • Peer-to-Peer Mediation Training
  • Student-led Peace Building Conferences
  • One-on-one work with Permanent Resident youth
  • Monthly community-building circles with Canadian citizen youth

Step Up and Step In School Partnerships: Balwin Jr. High, Bracco Jr. High, Brittania Jr. High, Harry Ainlay, Killarney School, ME Lazerte Sr. High, Queen Elizabeth Sr. High, Ross Shepard High, Rosslyn School and Steel Heights Jr. High.

Community Stream 

The Community Stream focuses on working with youth volunteers (between the ages of 13 and 18) to discover their potential and inspire community engagement. Youth in this program plan and host youth-friendly activities, forums and fundraisers, providing an informal forum for youth-to-youth dialogue and resource sharing regarding the impact of youth violence.

Youth volunteers engage in: 

  • Youth Civic Engagement & Positive Citizenship Development
  • Media Arts Development Training
  • Youth-for-Youth Community Building Activities
  • Volunteerism
  • Peace Building & Conflict Management Training
  • Leadership Development


Every Wednesday at the YOUCAN Youth Services' office, youth are welcome to come and join STEP UP AND STEP IN (SUSI)



An opportunity for youth to be creative, show their leadership talents, plan events and make friends.


      Wednesdays -  5 - 7 pm (Youth ages 13 - 18) 

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