SECTION 4 – CONCLUSION

The success rate of early intervention initiatives such as the EJS Program is undeniable. A full 90% of youth complete the requirements of their EJS contracts successfully, and 80% are not seen in the youth justice system three years following completion of the program. In Calgary alone, approximately 500 youth are diverted from the formal justice system each year thanks to the time and effort of 23 Youth Justice Committees and 300 volunteers.