Multi Agency School Support Team
MASST is an early intervention, school-based program that supports children (5-12 years) who are exhibiting behavior which puts them at risk for negative, possibly criminal patterns of behaviour or victimization into teen years.
MASST accepts that if these children and their families receive early and individualized assessment of risk and access to social support services through police, social workers, schools, and their community, there will be an increased likelihood that the child’s ability to manage risk and maintain positive lifestyles will improve.
The children and their families work closely with teams of police officers, registered social workers, and mental health care professionals, often for extended periods of time, to achieve the following long range goals: (1) Decreased likelihood that children will be involved in negative or possibly criminal patterns of behaviour or victimisation, (2) increased collaboration among police, schools, and other agencies in addressing crime prevention and child/family resiliency, (3) MASST involved children and families have an improved perception around the role of police, social workers and other helping professionals.
Average Number of Children in the Program
MASST helps families access resources to help with basic needs, mental health support, housing and assisting newcomers to Calgary.
Number of Children Referred to MASST through School
MASST social workers help vulnerable children and youth navigate challenging mental health issues, trauma, poverty and more.
Average Age of Program Participants
This year, our MASST Chief Youth Courage Award recipient is ten-year-old, Emily. Emily was referred to MASST due to struggles with anxiety and expressing her emotions. From a young age, Emily has...
Mamdouh Baballa met the team from MASST at age 10. As the oldest of four siblings and new to Canada, Mamdouh didn’t always have the easiest time growing up. His family faced many challenges,...
Our 2021 MASST Chief Youth Courage Award winner is Mikhail. Mikhail was referred to MASST when he was eight years old and in the third grade. At the time, he was struggling to reach his academic...