What is GAIN all about?

Gang Action Interagency Network or GAIN is a network of agencies, government, law enforcement officials, working on grass roots solution to the gang problem in Winnipeg.  GAIN is a network committed to taking action to address and solve the gang problem by building on research, current practices, and developing the resources needed to prevent youth from joining gangs and help youth get out of gangs.

Mission

The mission of GAIN is to collaborate community resources, consistently share service and awareness information, build strong relationships within agencies and the community and address the needs of our clients. We will achieve this by sharing information about what everyone is doing with regards to gang prevention, intervention or exit options.. Membership to the committee is welcome and flexible. There is no box to fit in to qualify. You and/or your agency are welcome to sign up or sign off of the committee membership at anytime. The commitment is overall communication between all systems of community and justice.

History

GAIN was originally formed with support of the provincial government to build on the success of other networks in the province.  With  members from about 25 Winnipeg agencies and organizations.  Three years ago, the committee had a PATH session, a process designed to help individuals or groups plan the path to their dream. Our dream was “to have none of our youth in street gangs”. The intent is to create a “go to” network for government and media outlets who are looking for anti-gang expertise, and eventually, create and maintain an effective, one-stop-shop network for parents of youth at risk and members who desire to exit the gang life.

In February 2012 GAIN held a city wide gang forum at the Aboriginal Centre of Winnipeg.  With over 150 attendees we explored the needs and tried to create next steps for building a structure for GAIN and moving forward on addressing  the gang problem.  Based on this forum it was clear there needed to be more research and more consultation done before attempting to put a strategy together.

Over the 2012/2013 year GAIN has hired a researcher to compile Gang strategies, gang exit programs, and develop a list of indicator necessary for creating a gang exit program as well as a comprehensive gang strategy.  We have also created a youth consultation video.  The video will be shown to youth in schools, drop-in programs, correctional facilities, anywhere youth gather, to ensure we have strong inclusion of the youth voice in any strategy or programs we create.

On April 16th, 2013 GAIN hosted a second city wide gang forum to share the research and create actions plans for creating a gang exit strategy for Winnipeg.

On September 17, 2014, GAIN released its “Community Assessment of a Gang Exit Strategy”

The Government of Manitoba works in collaboration with the community agencies involved with GAIN. The government of Manitoba supports GAINs vision to collect information in initiatives that address gang issues. While Manitoba is connected to GAIN, GAIN doesn’t necessarily reflect the vision of the Manitoba Government.

Contact information:

GAIN Chair:

Jamil Mahmood

GAIN committee chairs/executive members:

Kate Kehler

Matt Fast

Tammy Christensen

Karen Beaudin

Mandela Kuet

 

GAIN Program Coordinator:

Robyn Dryden  – 204.795.8957 – gain@spenceneighbourhood.org

 

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