Hundreds pack Surrey Drugs and Gangs forum

Hundreds pack Surrey Drugs and Gangs forum Joe Calendino, an ex-full patch member of the Hells Angels, spoke about the difficulties of getting out of a life of drugs and crime.  “Have that open dialogue with your kids. Be able to sit there non-judgemental, and really hear them and allow them to speak to you […]

BC Principals & Vice Principals Association 2016 Partnership Award Recipient

BC Principals & Vice Principals Association 2016 Partnership Award Recipient “Surrey’s principals and vice-principals have said that “Joe and the Yo Bro/Yo Girl Youth Initiative are one of the best facilitators and programs we have ever experienced in the Surrey School District.” – BC Principals and Vice Principals Association Learn More NextHundreds pack Surrey Drugs […]

The School of ‘hard knocks’ in Chilliwack

The School of ‘hard knocks’ in Chilliwack Kids don’t grow up covered in bubble wrap. They witness violence, sometimes experiencing it firsthand at a very young age. They are exposed to alcohol consumption, offered deadly drugs, targeted for sexual advances, and even coerced into gang activity. And it does seem to be happening more and […]

Yo Bro | Yo Girl 2016 Spring Update

Yo Bro | Yo Girl 2016 Spring Update Yo Bro Yo Girl Youth Initiative started as a youth outreach program in 2009 with its sole program facilitator and founder, Joe Calendino. Over the past 7 years, Yo Bro Yo Girl has gone from strength to strength and has achieved significant milestones in program development & delivery, youth […]

Ending Addictions Took Courage

Ending Addictions Took Courage You know you’ve hit rock bottom when your behaviour is unacceptable even for an outlaw motorcycle gang.   Joe Calendino, the 2014 recipient of a Courage To Come Back award in the addictions category, was a “full patch member” of the Hells Angels, and heavily into drugs.   “I was doing crack, percs, […]

300 March for Sobriety Ex-Hell’s Angel Speaks to Youth

300 March for Sobriety Ex-Hell’s Angel Speaks to Youth SOMBA K’E/YELLOWKNIFE – About 300 students from five middle schools in Yellowknife marched in the annual Sober March on Monday to raise awareness about substance abuse. “Today is the start of National Addictions Awareness Week so to sort of highlight that, or bring that into focus, […]

North Vancouver Students Take A Walk on the Wild Side

North Vancouver Students Take A Walk on the Wild Side VANCOUVER – Police officers from the Odd Squad have given 10 North Shore high school students a firsthand look at the harsh reality of drug and alcohol addiction.   David Steverding, a Vancouver police officer and North Vancouver resident, was one of several Odd Squad […]

A Life Transformed

A Life Transformed He had to hurt people before they hurt him, to prove who he was. He got high from smashing people’s faces in. John was 14 years old when he first started smoking drugs, 15 when he joined a gang, and was kicked out of five schools by the time he was 16. […]

Reformed Hells Angel Helps Teens Avoid Gangs

Reformed Hells Angel Helps Teens Avoid Gangs Joe Calendino’s two cellphones ring non-stop as he barks out commands during an early-morning martial-arts class at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver. Calendino is a popular man these days. Clean and sober, the one-time full-patch Hells Angels Motorcycle Club member and martial-arts expert is taking 22 students through […]