The Youth in Policing (YIP) program officially began on June 25 with a special launch at Durham College/UOIT in Oshawa.
Chief Mike Ewles, along with Strategic Administrative Officer Stan MacLellan, Constable Keith Richards and YIP Co-ordinator Katie Zeppieri offered a warm welcome and best wishes to the students as they embark on their eight-week summer experience with DRPS.
“This program is a way to introduce youth into the policing environment,” said Chief Ewles. “We teach them about workplace safety, diversity training and they participate in a youth forum. The program shows them all the different aspects of policing and also shows them how to be ambassadors, not just for us, but also for their peers.”
Katie and YIP Team Leaders Brock Wilson, Marisa Warner, Taylor Prakken and Marshel Selvarajha explained to the students their Leader Challenge for the summer. The Leader Challenge is a way for the students to gain life experience and improve their skills to become stronger leaders in their communities.
Upcoming for the YIP students is a Provincial Youth Forum titled “The Ripple Effect,” on July 29, with special guest retired boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter.
For more information about the YIP program, please contact Co-ordinator Katie Zeppieri at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 4386 or firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for information on the DRPS website.
YIP Leader Challenge (JPG file, 36.2K bytes)
Constable Keith Richards speaks to YIP students (JPG file, 198.4K bytes)
The YIP "Leadership Mountain" (JPG file, 1,007.0K bytes)