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Youth Inclusion Program
Vancouver Island and Prince Rupert
The Youth Inclusion Program aims to prevent and reduce crime among vulnerable youth in Duncan and the Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island, and in Prince Rupert on the North Coast. The Vancouver Island program focuses on youth aged 10 to 14 who are identified to be at-risk for, or engaging in, criminal behaviour, while Prince Rupert’s program concentrates on at-risk youth aged 13 to 16. The voluntary program connects youth participants with an outreach worker to develop a plan that focuses on the interests and strengths of the youth and the needs of his or her family.
Community resources will be used to engage youth participants in five to 10 hours of weekly pro-social activities, which may include education and tutoring, after-school support, workshops, cultural activities, sports and more. Activities will be culturally sensitive to suit the needs of the individual.
The program is funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development and delivered by the Hiiye'yu Lelum Society on Vancouver Island and the Friendship House Association of Prince Rupert in Prince Rupert with support of a community advisory board. Representatives from a variety of local community agencies participate on the advisory board to help continue to shape the direction of the program.
For more information about Vancouver Island’s Youth Inclusion Program, please see this news release.
For information about Prince Rupert’s program, please see this news release.