6.03 Reduces crime & social dysfunction

Forest and the Femme (FATF) is a non-profit outdoor recreation program for highly marginalized women living in Vancouver’s DTES community. We provide access to nature for the city’s most vulnerable and isolated women. Our goal is to facilitate a sense of freedom, empowerment and self worth through contact with nature, skill building and social engagement.

The annual 5K Santa Shuffle Fun Run & 1K Elf Walk brings families and friends together. The event is held across North America, so check the city closest to you and sign up!Why the santa shuffle 5K fun run and 1K elf walk?This merry event helps The Salvation Army to assist families and individuals in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year.

Mobilized FreeWheelers version 1.0 was an elaboration on our core Build-A-Bike program. The project explored the need for more community-based and locally specific knowledge of cycling and transportation access, based on experiences of young people living in marginalized communities in Toronto.

Past participants of Charlie’s FreeWheels learn on-road safety, get to see more of the city, and they can spend time with new friends.Bike Club has been to Scarborough Bluffs, Leslie Street Spit, the Don Valley Ravine, and to the Toronto Islands. Students typically choose places to go, and a picnic lunch is provided.

CFW is increasing its capacity to facilitate youth advocacy efforts related to cycling and active transportation. Mobilized FreeWheelers: Youth Advocacy capitalizes on community research done in 2013 to imagine creative solutions to build safe, accessible streets for young cyclists in Toronto.

Charlie’s FreeWheels is open for Drop-In hours on Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4:00-6:00.During this time youth who have gone through our Charlie’s FreeWheels programming have full access to tools and they are able to ask an experienced mechanic any questions about how to maintain their bicycle.

Our programming is predominately filled with boys and the bike world is filled with male mechanics. We are lucky enough to have Ainsley Naylor from Bike Pirates come and teach this class to our group of girls. Naylor also teaches a Woman and Trans Class at Bike Pirates. We are happy to have her to represent the female mechanics. We will also be inviting strong female role models from the community to talk and inspire our students.

Minneapolis renewed efforts to tackle juvenile crime began this week with a series of “pop-up parks” aimed at getting teens off the streets. 

Highlight of Programs / Services Offered:

  • The R.E.A.L Program is a service that matches children and with organized, registered recreational activities of their choice. The R.E.A.L. Program is administered through the City of St. John’s, Department of Recreation; however, the Program is supported and guided by the R.E.A.L. Program Steering Committee, which consists of representatives from various community and government agencies as well as interested individuals.

The Clare Recreation Department offers a monthly calendar of physical activities for youth, such as swimming and skating. Activities take place on Mondays from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. A leader is hired one day per week in each elementary school to offer physical activity programming for students in grades 4 to 6 from 2:15 to 5:00 p.m.