Surrounded by their proud family members, 65 teens who participated in the DRPS Youth in Policing (YIP) summer employment program celebrated an amazing season of leadership development. The graduation ceremony was filled with laughter and reflected the dedication of the youth who completed the program.
A goal of the YIP initiative is to develop leadership and critical thinking skills to help the youth make positive impacts within our schools and community as they learned about the important role they play in our society. The hard-working youth spent the summer challenging themselves emotionally, physically and mentally.
Four valedictorians spoke to the packed auditorium at Eastdale C.V.I. and shared what their experience has meant to them, including the personal growth each have experienced. All took the time to thank both Durham Regional Police and the Ministry of Child and Youth Services for making this program possible.
"You are not just the future leaders of tomorrow, you are also the leaders of today," said Alex Da Estrela-Marsico, the program co-ordinator of YIP.
DRPS officers say the youth inspired them each day of the eight-week long journey. Reaching out and mentoring the youth provided them with an amazing view of Durham's future.
Throughout the summer, the youth experienced leadership and diversity training, mentored children during a week-long Junior YIP camp, fundraised to provide backpacks to students in need, hosted a youth forum with more than 400 attendees from across the province. They also experienced many of the various aspects of policing, including training with the K-9 Unit, conducting a speed reduction initiative and learning about 911 dispatching.
Congratulations to all for another successful summer of amazing experiences and personal growth.
Youth in Policing Grads (JPG file, 622.2K bytes)
Future Aces Winners (JPG file, 172.3K bytes)
Cheering on the Grads (JPG file, 119.2K bytes)
Happy Graduate (JPG file, 306.0K bytes)
Officer Shakes Graduate Hand (JPG file, 186.1K bytes)
Officers Cheer on the Grads (JPG file, 199.6K bytes)
Team Leader Congratulates Grad (JPG file, 159.6K bytes)
YIP Grad (JPG file, 138.0K bytes)
YIP Award Winner (JPG file, 137.4K bytes)
YIP Shakes Hands with Officer (JPG file, 193.4K bytes)