The Youth in Policing (YIP) summer program is officially underway as 61 youth and 10 team leaders come together to learn about character development, goal setting, skill development and more. Their first day, at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College campus, consisted of team building exercises, code of conduct, expectations, and an overview of events that the students will be participating in this summer.
The YIP students will be involved in various community events and fundraising initiatives which showcase their leadership and teamwork skills. Some events include the Ripple Effect Youth Forum, K-9 Day and Take it to the Track, where the students will learn about safe driving.
The youth will also be fundraising for “Build a Backpack”, a program that gives backpacks and school supplies to children. In August, the YIP students host the Junior YIP Camp. The youth get the opportunity to be mentors for children aged 10 to 13 years.
The YIP initiative was established in 2006 and is partnered with the Ministry of Child and Youth Services. It’s an eight-week, paid summer employment opportunity for youth ages 15 to 18 years old, residing in the Durham Region. During the eight weeks, YIP students will interact with DRP, learn about policing and have the opportunity to serve their community. Students may be eligible to receive two high school credits for their participation in the program. Many other certifications can also be obtained throughout the program.
Year after year, DRP see great ambassadors for the community emerge from the program. We always look forward to seeing new YIP faces each year. Good luck!
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Our 2014 Youth in Policing Class (JPG file, 389.0K bytes)