The Saskatoon Downtown Youth Centre Inc. – EGADZ is launching a new app to help youth workers. The Missing Youth Saskatchewan app will digitize risk assessment for missing or runaway youth.
EGADZ received $50,000 from the government of Saskatchewan to develop the app, the first of its kind.
“I am pleased to announce the development of the Missing Youth Saskatchewan app to engage and support these youth,” Saskatoon Willowgrove MLA Ken Cheveldayoff said in a press release on behalf of Social Services Minister Gene Makowsky.
Both the Saskatoon Police Service and the government of Saskatchewan contributed to developing the app.
Youth workers currently use a risk assessment tool to determine if missing youth are at risk and if police need to be notified. Not every instance of a young person going missing for a short while warrants police intervention.