The Department of Youth Programs created Tools for Effective Action thanks to funding from the Ministère de la sécurité publique. It consists of various facilitation tools which aim to sensitize youth to the phenomena of street gangs, more specifically to the recruitment of young women for the purposes of sexual exploitation.

The material is addressed to youth workers and educators who work with girls, 11 to 14 years old, and its primary goal is prevention. By improving girls’ self-esteem, we reduce their vulnerability and as a result, their risk of being recruited by street gangs.

Tools for Effective Action is available on-line, free of charge for anyone who wishes to consult the subject matter.

Street Stories

Street Stories: Girls, Gangs and Realities presents twelve young Montrealers from different backgrounds and neighbourhoods, who give their accounts of the recruitment strategies of street gangs, their initiation rites, the motivations for joining or leaving a gang, as well as their hopes for a better future.

The film aims to encourage reflection and exchange between young people and to sensitize them to the realities of street gangs and sexual exploitation.

The full version of this documentary is available by request at

PDF Discussion of the film
discussion du film

Choose Your Way is a facilitation guide which aims to build girls’ self-esteem and leadership by encouraging self-knowledge, personal expression, and critical thinking and action.

The guide that accompanies the film is a reference and support tool for youth workers and other professionals. It contains materiel needed to facilitate and foster discussion with youth including in depth information about the young people who have shared their experiences, and ideas for discussion questions following the screening of the film.

It consists of two facilitation guides, Phase l and Phase ll, containing 22 workshops destined for youth workers and developed with an approach based on girls’ strengths. Participants are encouraged to discover their passions and their abilities, while affirming their unique characters.

PDF Facilitation Guide – Phase 1
Guide d’animation – Phase 1
PDF Facilitation Guide – Phase 2
Guide d’animation – Phase 1