Kyle Dubé

Kyle Dubé with YOUCAN Youth Services says the young people targeted by this anti-gang program are the "throwaways of our community." (CBC)

The federal government has given $5.2 million to Edmonton's REACH Council for Safe Communities to help at-risk young people avoid gang life.

The two-year-old WrapED program, which works with Aboriginal and refugee youth 12 to 17 years old, will be given the money over five years.

"WrapEd addresses the unique needs of diverse youth in Edmonton by giving them the support that they need to get out of gangs," federal health minister Rona Ambrose said in a press release.

"We are proud of the invaluable partnership that has been established with key frontline agencies that will ensure a truly effective wraparound approach to help some of our city's most vulnerable youth."

At a funding announcement Friday, Kyle Dubé, executive director of YOUCAN Youth Services, said staff will work with Edmonton police to identify at-risk youth.

“These young people are incredible. They have an unbelievable resiliency to the things they’ve been through in their lives ... They’ve been just thrown away. Our job is to bring them back.," Dubé said.