Fifty-eight wonderful young citizens graduated from our Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI) at a ceremony marked by tremendous positive energy, laughter, tears, hugs and memories that will last a lifetime.
The local teenagers participated in our summer employment program, which is designed to challenge not only their minds, but their hearts as well. It challenges them as citizens and broadens their understanding of the important role everyone plays in our society. They learn more than just policing - they learn how to be better citizens and how to improve the lives of others.
At the beginning of the summer, Chief Constable Mike Ewles challenged the young people to be role models and told them they were about to go on an exciting adventure. On Thursday night at Eastdale Collegiate in Oshawa during the graduation ceremony, he reminded them of his words and received confirmation from the audience that he was right.
The students performed on stage, showed a video which captured many of their summer activities and talked about what they learned and how they grew as people. The program is made possible by generous support from the provincial government and local businesses who donate many of the materials and supplies.
The students met with other young leaders from across Ontario at a one-day conference to discuss common issues, they helped clean up local parks and green spaces, they trained with the K-9 Unit, donated backpacks crammed with school supplies for needy kids and even participated at a Pow Wow at Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nations.
All in all, a tremendous summer of fun, learning and personal development.
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Chief Ewles Hands Out Diplomas (JPG file, 65.4K bytes)
YIPI Students Perform on Stage (JPG file, 83.0K bytes)
Const. Henderson Hugs a Graduate (JPG file, 81.1K bytes)