STR8 UP offers outreach services, programming, and support to those who have lived or are living criminal street lifestyles and who want to make positive changes in their lives.
Our goal is to provide hope, healing, and opportunities and to walk beside our members as they take their 10,000 little steps. STR8 UP provides a supportive community where our members can bond over shared experiences and learn together. We strengthen community across the city and province by sharing our stories and working to promote understanding and empathy.
How you can help
“I am healing. I am feeling healthy. I am doing what I can to look after myself. I’m doing the best that I can.”
Join the movement to erase the margins
Your donation helps STR8 UP continue to offer outreach services, employment and life skills programming to hundreds of ex-gang members. We recognize that this journey is long – made up of 10,000 Little Steps – every dollar given helps make each of these steps a little more manageable. Your support is crucial to our success.
Now accepting cover letters and resumes for the position of "Special Events Coordinator". This is a short term (3 Months) contract to coordinate and help to deliver a forum on gang prevention through community intervention. The application is open till 12:00 PM...read more
"Devin Napope was away for much of his teenage daughter’s life — in and out of jail, battling addictions and out of town. “Gone without a sound,” he said. At 30, he’s a member of STR8UP, an organization that works with people trying to break away from gangs and...read more
September 15, 2017 at SCYAP Art Centre, see and hear the impact incarceration has on families from dads and sons who have experienced it first hand. Learn about the challenges families face through creative writing and art. Click here for more event...read more