The Evolve Program

Supporting those leaving behind hate and extremism.

About the Evolve Program

We provide counselling, mentorship, and customized social supports to individuals and families who:
1) are looking to disengage from extremist and hate-motivated groups or;
2) have been victimized by a hate crime or incident
Our program is confidential, voluntary, and free. We work independently from government and law enforcement.

Our intervention team provides relationship-based services and trauma-informed care. Our goal is to create lasting and meaningful change for those we serve while promoting safer communities.

While we’re based in Edmonton, we can provide in-person services anywhere in Alberta. We can also work remotely with participants from across Canada.

Learn more about the Evolve program here.

What are you looking for?

"I need help."

If you want to move away from harmful beliefs, our team of mentors, counsellors and human service workers can help you make positive changes in your life.

"I'm worried about someone."

If you’re worried about someone you care about, our team can support you and guide you to appropriate resources regarding hate-motivated violence and extremism.

"I'm looking for information."

Learn more about violent extremism, or check out our resources area for other helpful links and organizations.

Three Pillars of the Evolve Program

The Evolve Program provides support and services to fit you and your family’s needs.


Our team of professionals are dedicated to protecting the privacy of you and your family.


Our program and services are provided free-of-cost.

When to Seek Support

No one behavior, or collection of behaviors, necessarily means that someone is on a path to engaging in violence. Especially in youth, many of these signs indicate that someone is exploring new ideas and building a sense of identity. However, common behavioral markers emerge in individuals who become involved in hate and extremism. Introducing additional support into someone’s life can help them make positive changes.

Reach out to the Evolve Program if you or someone you know:

Wanting to bring about change in society, even if it seems far-fetched is not itself something to be concerned by. However, when someone believes that violence is the only way to do this, it may be time to seek some support for the individual. 

Peer pressure, manipulation and group influence are strong forces, but their effects or presence can be hard to spot. If someone in your life is expressing views that do not seem like their own or are being negatively influenced by people who advocate for hate and/or violence, please get in contact with us. We can offer support to both you and the person you’re worried about.  

Questioning and challenging ideas and norms can be a part of strengthening our belief system and our normal intellectual curiosity. Believing in conspiracy theories is not necessarily harmful. However, there may be cause for concern when these conspiracy theories lead a person to blame a specific group for ‘controlling’ the world or suggest that the government is ‘out to get them’.  

Concern about the future is natural and healthy, and sometimes the challenges the world faces feel overwhelming. However, a fixation on believing the world is about to end or society is nearing collapse can cause a person to do things they normally would not. This line of thinking is especially concerning if the person starts to believe they need to use violence to bring about social collapse or re-birth.

Life has many challenges and hardships, and sometimes people want to blame their, or the world's, problems on a specific group of people they believe are responsible. Feelings of rejection or being left behind by society are not in themselves suggestive that someone is in need of support. However, expressing a desire to harm or attack a specific group of people, because of their perceived influence or power, is cause for concern.

Hate symbols and media are extremely diverse and not always easy to identify. However, if someone starts displaying or wearing a symbol that you’re unfamiliar with and that you think may be associated with a hateful ideology, please reach out to us. These types of symbols may also appear on an individual’s computer or social media accounts. We can help you understand the symbol, what it means, and whether it warrants a conversation with the person.  

As people grow and change, so do their interests; what someone used to enjoy a lot may no longer fit their preferences or goals. However, if you notice someone isolating and disengaging suddenly from important relationships and activities that used to bring them a great deal of enjoyment, that may be a reason to ask further questions. If the person stopped participating in activities or hanging around with friends for largely ideological reasons, think about reaching out to Evolve.  

Need Help? Contact the Evolve Program

If you or someone you know needs help in regards to hate or extremism, reach out now. All messages will be responded to within 24 hours during weekdays, and the following business day on weekends.

To respect your privacy & ensure everyone’s safety, we will only respond to missed calls if a voice or text message if left.

If you have an immediate safety concern, contact your local police.

Our team operates independent from government and law enforcement and we work to assure your privacy.

For questions about Evolve, call or text us at: 1 (877) 938 6580 For all other inquires, call us at: 780-993-8403

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