Mobilizing the key players

The project’s second component is the mobilization of groups of key players in the Mauricie/Centre-du-Québec, Montreal and Quebec City regions.  In each of these regions, we created a committee bringing together representatives of youth centres, community organizations and the police, the principal organizations intervening in order to assure the protection and development of minors who have run away.  The object of each part of the project is to define the conditions that will allow the professionals, with their different and often conflicting mandates, to mobilize themselves, complementary nature of their expertise and develop common initiatives.

The logic behind the action, and its process

This project is based on implementing a process of constant exchanges between the research results and the feedback from the three regional committees.  The “mobilization” component compiled the results of the committees with the objective of initiating and developing a dialogue around intervention tactics. The final goal is to plan and experiment with collective projects.  We think that new and complementary intervention practices will create better responses to the needs of minors who have run away.  We hope that this mobilization would profoundly influence the relationships between the organizations and, eventually, the logic behind their interventions and communication with each other.

During the project’s third year, a provincial committee bringing together two representatives from each regional committee was established.  Its role is to evaluate the initiatives created and proposed by the regional committees and to determine their pertinence and feasibility.  In addition, the provincial committee permits the groups of key players to establish and to strengthen the collaborative ties necessary to put these initiatives in place.

Among other things, by establishing this provincial committee, we hope to initiate a an information exchange network and thus to enlarge the communication channels for sharing intervention knowledge about working with minors who have run away.  This networking could generate better intervention strategies which are adapted to the mobility of youth runaways and address the evolution of street culture.