Youth legal group appeals for cellphones

An Edmonton group that helps teenagers from low income families deal with legal problems is on a cellphone drive.

An Edmonton group that helps teenagers from low income families deal with legal problems is on a cellphone drive.  

The Youth Restorative Action Project (YRAP) helps its clients with things such as keeping appointments or getting to court-ordered addiction treatments.

"YRAP is mandated to work with young people who have caused harm while being affected by a variety of significant social issues such as intolerance, racism, substance abuse, homelessness, family violence and prostitution," its website says.

The project gives its young clients an opportunity to take responsibility for their actions while also giving victims a role in the process.

It’s important to keep in close contact with the teenagers in the program, said YRAP director Eric Bisanz.  

"We've had situations where people feel they're in really unsafe situations, there's been a couple of situations where it's been a life or death kind of thing. So after that we thought this is more or less essential," he said.

But since the program relies mostly on donations, cellphones are difficult to afford.

The organization is trying to get phones for about 40 clients.

Donations can be made through the website at www.yrap.org.