With support from the Ministère de sécurité publique du Québec, the program launched in 2005, coordinated by the Maisons de transitions de Montreal inc., and developed by a Training Committee made up of individuals representing different youth-intervention related milieus.

Following-up on the action-research initiative Jeunesse et gangs de rue involving the three communities of Montreal-North, Vieux-Longueil and Villeray-Little Italy; the program was mandated to inform and to mobilize citizens, interveners, organizations, and institutions in addressing gang phenomena.


  1. To emphasize the importance of intervening with youth and their environments in a holistic, preventative manner.
  2. To facilitate the development of the preventative and supportive approaches necessary for intervening with youth at-risk, youth affiliated with gangs, and youth seeking to end their affiliation with gangs.
  3. To share knowledge, best practices and expertise.


Our professional development training workshops are appropriate for all types of interveners, be they from the public, private or community sectors. Examples of target audiences include: youth animators, social workers, community organizers, teachers, school administrators, program planners, and law enforcement officials. Essentially, any and all individuals and organizations working directly or indirectly with youth in general, youth at-risk, and / or youth affiliated with gangs.


Workshops can vary in length from one hour to three days to best suit your training needs. Two main topic areas are available (separately or blended), as follows:



Provides an overview of the phenomena's historical timeline, and the theoretical framework through which it is analyzed

MODULE 1 - Today's Youth

Examines the social and cultural contexts of today's adolescents and young adults.

MODULE 2 - Susceptibility Factors

Identifies the multi-systemic and multi-strategic factors that increase gang affiliation susceptibility, as well as motives for joining gangs.

MODULE 3 - Preventing Gang Affiliation

Explores the gang affiliation trajectory, as well as the primary and secondary intervention strategies applicable to each stage of the process, while emphasizing preventative measures at the forefront of any strategy.

MODULE 4 - Gang Life

Portrays the internal and external environments of gangs, including the gang experience and the effects of gang presence in communities. Tertiary intervention strategies for intervening with active gang members are explored.

MODULE 5 - Ending Gang Affiliation

Details the multiple challenges involved in the disengagement process, and the intervention techniques necessary to support individuals seeking to end their gang affiliation.

MODULE 6 - The Intervener's Role

Enables participants to situate their respective roles and responsibilities as citizens, interveners, organizations, institutions, and as a greater society in addressing gang phenomena.


MODULE 1 - Girls Affiliated With Gangs

Describes the prevalence, characteristics, and societal views of girls affiliated with gangs. The two possible roles (or statuses) that women play in gangs - the « Partner » and the « Accessory » - are also defined.

MODULE 2 - « Partner Girls »

The typical profile, susceptibility factors, and potential indicators of girls who are at risk or who are affiliated with gangs are explored, as well as appropriate tools and strategies for intervening with individuals and their environments.

MODULE 3 - « Accessory Girls » Sex Work

Addresses the prevalence, types of clients and pimp profiles as they relate to Montreal's sex work context and that of Quebec in general.

MODULE 4 - « Accessory Girls » Typical Profiles

Offers interveners a framework through which to assess the type of involvement and the four main profiles that "accessory girls" typically portray.

MODULE 5 - « Accessory Girls » Recruitment

The "who, what, when, where and how" of recruitment, including the disengagement process and "rebound" phases.

MODULE 6 - « Accessory Girls » Prevention and Intervention

Practical prevention and intervention strategies and techniques are presented, along with a tools and resource list for further support.


The costs associated with the training are partially subsidized for organizations and institutions located within the province of Quebec. Thanks to funding support by the Ministère de la Sécurité publique du Québec, the fee structure for Quebec organizations is as follows:

• Facilitator honorarium: 300.00$ per day;
• Travel expenses (ex.: kilometers, meals);
• Training materials (ex.: participant handouts).


Maisons de transition de Montréal inc.

Centre d’expertise sur la délinquance des jeunes du Centre jeunesse de Montréal-Institut universitaire

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Institut de recherche pour le développement social des jeunes

Centre jeunesse de Laval

Centre jeunesse de la Montérégie

Service de police de la Ville de Montréal

Projet T.R.I.P.

Fondation Québécoise pour les Jeunes Contrevenants,
projet Tu veux sortir de ta gang?


By phone: 514 326-8400 ext. 221

By email : formation.gangs@gmail.com