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) 


It is with a sad heart that we announce the end of YOUCAN Youth Services, Step UP & Step IN (SUSI) Program. Our funding will be coming to an end March 31, 2017.
Over the last 7 years, this program has supported youth in the city to engage in their community in a positive way to raise awareness on issues youth face every day including violence, mental health, addictions, bullying, sexual identity, oppression and many more. The youth have planned and executed a wide variety of projects including Music Festivals, International Youth Day Festivals, Community Garden, Pop-Up Art Show for Mental Health, Breaking the Bully Barrier Animated Video, and much much more.

A massive thank you has to go to all the staff and volunteers who have been involved in the program over the years. This program was the brain child of Mandy Halabi, and her work in getting it off the ground has enriched the lives of hundreds of young people across the city of Edmonton. A special thanks goes to Rachel Powder, a youth in the program, who named the program in the early days. Thank yous also have to go out to Deana Crosby, Praveen Ranawana, and Lana Lalonde, who put in many hours over the years building the program and supporting the young people. Thank you also to the current staff, Teagan Mitchell, James Gartry, Lisa Carroll, and Amy Jeannotte for the last year running the program and supporting youth through the wrap up process. Thank you also to the volunteers, and speakers that have taken their time to provide opportunities for our youth to help enrich and brighten our days!

Finally, the biggest THANK YOU goes to all the youth over the years who have given their time to make Edmonton’s communities a better place. These youth have put in countless hours tackling the issues and barriers youth face today. Their care, dedication, persistence, creativity, love, and honesty have paved the way for the program to flourish. Their accomplishments are immeasurable and the lives they have touched and changed are grateful. All the best to each and every youth who has attended the SUSI Program.

There will be a SUSI Going Away Party on March 22nd. All are welcome to attend to share some stories and say goodbye to an amazing program. Please RSVP Teagan for us to have an idea of numbers (on the FB page, in person, or email

Thanks again to everyone who has been involved! It has been a good run.

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