The Community Healing Project for Crime Prevention and Intervention takes a trauma-informed and peer-based approach to addressing the impact of exposure to community violence on youth.

The City of Toronto partners with community agencies to address root causes of youth violence and gang involvement by supporting the development of young people’s mental health literacy and resiliency to trauma, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and hypersensitive flight or fight responses developed due to community violence.

Community Healing Project Advisory

Purpose

As part of the National Crime Prevention Community Healing Project, the City of Toronto will engage nine Torontonians as part of the Community Healing Project Advisory (“CHPA”). The purpose of the CHPA is to guide the National Crime Prevention Community Healing Project. Over the course of their term, advisory members will work together to provide oversight, monitoring and evaluation to guide and support project implementation. The CHPA will be supported by City of Toronto and project staff in their function.

Mandate

Through direct and ongoing engagement with the Community Healing Project, the CHPA will:

  • provide guidance and advice to National Crime Prevention Community Healing Project staff in the planning, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the Community Healing Project
  • contribute insight, analysis, information, and strategy to the Community Healing Project service and policy planning that impacts outcomes for youth participants and communities engaged in the Community Healing Project
  • participate in monitoring of the National Crime Prevention Community Healing Project sit on working groups, including the Evaluation Advisory
  • support partnership development with vulnerable communities, leaders, organizations and institutions to advance positive outcomes for the project.

Applicants must:

  • be over the age of 16 at the time of applying
  • reside in Toronto.

Applicants must have at least one of the following:

  • lived, advocacy and/or work experience in youth violence prevention, youth sector, mental health sector
  • experience in evaluation and/or policy development.

The deadline to apply was Wednesday, March 6, 2019.

You will be contacted by March 15, 2019 if you have been selected for further consideration, which may include an interview.

Final decisions will be made by March 26, 2019 and successful applicants will be notified via email.

Composition

The membership of the CHPA will consist of nine Torontonians of with diverse lived experience. In selecting members for the advisory, consideration will be given to ensure representation from:

  • former project participants of the Community Healing Project
  • representatives from key youth stakeholder groups (key stakeholder groups include resident led groups and coalitions, community agencies
  • mental health, educational systems and social service sector)
  • policy development and/or evaluation subject matter experts.

Terms of Service

All CHPA members will commit to:

  • a two-year term. CHPA members can leave the CHPA at any time by providing written notice
  • participate in a meetings and training as scheduled during the course of the membership
  • dedicating six to 10 hours for meetings on evenings and weekends, in addition to other advisory responsibilities
  • attend project events as needed outside of meetings
  • engage with various partners, youth stakeholders and participants.

Benefits of Membership

  • training and skills development opportunities
  • TTC fare and food (for meetings and workshops)
  • honorarium (on an as needed basis)
  • childcare reimbursements