This dissertation utilizes feminist theory to examine Victim Services of Leeds and Grenville’s Youth Program, violence against women and girls, and prevention and intervention programs for youth. The study includes both quantitative and qualitative elements, and focuses social self-efficacy and social connectedness. The standardized measures used for the quantitative study were Muris’ (2001) Social Self-Efficacy Scale and Lee and Robbins’ (1995) Social Connectedness Scale. Thematic analysis of the qualitative data involved identifying meaning units and categories, then themes. The Randomized Control Trial finds that participation in the Summer Youth Program was not significantly associated with changes in participants’ social self-efficacy or social connectedness, according to the scales used. The qualitative study found, however, that the experiences of both youth and service providers who’d had some involvement with the Youth Program were reported to result in increased social self-efficacy and social connectedness, as well as leading to some recommendations.