Today the DRPS Youth in Policing (YIP) program hosted representatives from 17 different police services in Ontario at the eighth annual Ripple Effect Forum. Durham, Peel, York, Cobourg and Toronto (to name a few) all had both officer and youth ambassadors in attendance for this motivational event that is meant to inspire the youth to make positive changes and impacts in their local communities.
Speakers and workshops packed the day's agenda at the Ripple Effect Forum, which took place at the Embassy Church in Oshawa.
DRPS Chief of Police Paul Martin made opening remarks to the more than 400 YIP students in the crowd. Oshawa Major John Henry and Darren Dougall from the Ministry of Children and Youth Services were also in attendance. Chief Martin spoke about the concept that drives the Ripple Effect Forum: just as one drop of water can cause a ripple and one person can make a significant difference and inspire change for so many.
The first key note speaker of the day was Sean Mauricette (aka Subliminal)--a speaker, actor and entertainer who shared his message of self-confidence and the need to continually search for opportunities to better yourself.
The youth were also treated to inspiration from Dwayne Morgan, a Canadian spoken-word artist.
A former DRPS Youth in Policing program coordinator closed out the day's events with her success story as a YIP graduate. Katie Zeppieri, the founder of Make Your Mark--a social enterprise that promotes youth leadership development, spoke about taking charge of your future and never giving up when looking for solutions to problems in your life and community.
DRPS is very proud of its Youth in Policing program and wish to congratulate this year�s team that organized such an amazing event!
Ripple Thumb (JPG file, 424.4K bytes)
Signing in with Sgt. Iheme (JPG file, 218.5K bytes)
YIP students speak to Chief Martin and D/Chief Fernandes (JPG file, 139.6K bytes)
DRPS YIP students cheer to start the event (JPG file, 293.9K bytes)
Chief Martin addresses the forum (JPG file, 327.0K bytes)
Sean Mauricette begins his speech with a little beat box (JPG file, 214.9K bytes)
Former DRPS YIP student Katie Zeppieri delivers inspiration (JPG file, 317.8K bytes)