Another chapter has closed for 57 students as they successfully graduated from our Youth In Policing (YIP) employment program. They will take the knowledge and leadership skills into the next phase of their lives by sharing and inspiring others to evoke change.
Held at Eastdale Collegiate Vocational Institute in Oshawa on August 24, the ceremony celebrated the hard work, dedication and personal growth of each member.
Deputy Chief Uday Jaswal congratulated the students on behalf of DRPS and asked each to step into their role as youth leaders to help make our communities safe, healthy and inclusive.
In our local community and beyond there are many challenges to take on, some that specifically impact youth, like youth mental health, he said, noting there's no shortage of work.
The YIP students, who range in age from 14 to 18, spent time with DRPS developing their leadership skills while learning about the crucial role both youth and police play in the community.
Throughout the eight-week program the students received diversity training, fundraised to provide backpacks to students in need and attended the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nations Pow Wow ceremony. As well, they mentored youth aged 10-13 during the week-long Junior YIP camp, hosted another successful Ripple Effect youth with over 500 attendees from YIP programs across Ontario and got an in-depth look at various units within DRPS and other areas specific to policing.
One highlight for this year's program was spent on the Habitat for Humanity build site in Oshawa where they helped construct homes for four families. Not only were they able to acquire new skills, they got hands on experience while contributing to their community and helping this excellent organization.
The summer program is designed to challenge each student mentally, physically and emotionally with the ultimate goal of creating ambassadors of change in their respective schools and communities.
Hannah Yuan, Bryan Oates, Akilah Walcott were the class valedictorians, each shared stories of their favourite moments and spoke about what YIP has meant to them. Future Aces Award winners were Oscar Li and Michaela Patterson. Kyle Rehel received the Diversity Award, Laddusinghe Badu Silva received the YIP Award and the Chief of Police Award went to Trevin Noble.
Congratulations to all and best of luck in the future!
YIP Graduates (JPG file, 441.9K bytes)
Valedictorians Bryan Oates and Hannah Yuan (JPG file, 1,927.5K bytes)
Diversity Award Recipient Kyle Rehel (JPG file, 2,069.7K bytes)
YIP Award Recipient Laddusinghe Badu Silva (JPG file, 1,647.7K bytes)
Chief of Police Award Recipient Trevin Noble. (JPG file, 1,998.2K bytes)