Federally-funded crime prevention program to help at-risk male youth and ensure safer communities for all.
April 11, 2014 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Public Safety Canada
The Honourable Peter MacKay, Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced $2,088,176 in federal funding for the crime prevention project CeaseFire that will help 120 male youth, aged 16 to 25, who are involved in, or at high risk of involvement with criminal activity in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The Honourable Lena Diab, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Nova Scotia also participated in today's announcement.
The project, run by Nova Scotia's Community Justice Society, is based on the premise that violence is a behavior which is acquired or learned. It aims to detect and interrupt violence related to gang activity by providing violence reduction services in the form of individualized therapy, academic and employability supports, and recreational activities to participants and their families. This project will help youth avoid gang crime related activities, disengage from gangs, and increase community connections, as well as learn skills to better contribute and grow.
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