For the second year in a row, the Durham Regional Police Youth in Policing program successfully held its Ripple Effect Youth Forum on July 29 at the Milestone Christian Centre in Ajax.
The Ripple Effect is an open forum with which the Durham Regional Police Service hopes to inspire young people from the region to make a positive impact in their community. Just as one drop of water can cause a ripple, one person can make a difference and inspire change for many.
Students in attendance had the opportunity to participate in four workshops that included resume, public speaking and interview skills, harmony diversity and leadership training, policing and youth issues as well as conflict, anger, learning communication and meditation. By participating, high school students received seven hours towards their mandatory 40 hours of community service.
On top of the workshops, students were able to listen to guest speakers including Gord Paynter, a visually impaired comedian and spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan. The clear highlight of the day was when former boxer and motivational speaker, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, took to the stage. The “Hurricane” told his story of being wrongly accused of murder and spending 20 years in a state penitentiary before being released. He challenged students to go beyond themselves and “dare to dream” as he said during his speech.
The day ended with four students receiving iPod nanos as prizes for their exceptional participation during the workshops, as well as a performace from Canadian Idol finalist Toya Alexis.
The event was a great success and DRPS hopes to continue running this event annually for many years to come.
For more information about the Ripple Effect or the DRPS Youth in Policing Program, please contact Youth in Policing Coordinator Katie Zeppieri at (905) 579-1520 ext. 4386.
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Rubin "Hurricane" Carter encouraging students to "dare to dream" (JPG file, 193.3K bytes)
Cst. Paul Hawrychuk, Cst. Will White, Civilian Danielle Kent-Johnston and Youth in Policing's Catalina Herrera with the four iPod winners of the day. (JPG file, 176.7K bytes)