10,000 Little Steps to Healing

Family Literacy Program

STR8 UP is proud to present Building Knowledge & Resiliency: a Family Literacy Program. This program is offered to our members as well as the broader community. Funded by the Government of Saskatchewan, we have partnered with Frontier College to provide volunteer support staff, literature, and t0 assist parents and their children in a Homework Club and Reading Circle.

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.

We provide 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.

Hire Us


Contact us to hire STR8 UP Works – a social enterprise that provides members with an opportunity to participate in transitional employment. All profits help cover the costs of running personal development and healing programming, outreach support, and more.

Book a Presentation


We’ve been running community presentations for over 15 years across Saskatchewan and the prairies. Our presentations focus on the goals and conditions of being a STR8 UP member, and provide an opportunity for members to share their personal experiences with trauma and healing.



Consider volunteering a few hours of your time or making a monetary donation. You’ll change someone’s life with your charitable contribution by giving them the tools to meet life’s challenges and empowering them to see their own inherent worth and place in our community.

“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.”

— Jorgina

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.

Recent News

Life after a gang

Jorgina Sunn first entered a gang in search of people like her. "I found myself situated with a different crowd of people. People that were addicted, people that we hurting, most of us Indigenous," she says. "We all bonded in this dysfunction and trauma."...

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