Federal investments expand YMCA crime prevention program to Moncton, Montreal, Regina and Surrey
“Our government is committed to implementing evidence-based criminal justice policies that are proven to prevent crime and victimization, and keep our communities and citizens safe. We are proud to partner with the YMCA to implement programming that stops crime before it starts by reaching out and empowering at-risk individuals to make positive and healthy decisions by giving them access to support and opportunities.”
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“It is encouraging to see the Plusone program expand so quickly. Over time as the teams share experiences and develop new skills, we witness mentees pursuing academic endeavors, addressing challenges and expanding their network of positive peers, adults and activities.”
– Darryl McKenzie, Interim CEO, YMCA of Regina
“I am very pleased to share with the Federal Government the YMCA’s vast front-line experience with at-risk youth. When kids come to the Y, it has a huge impact on their success in school, home life and health. It’s about prevention. It’s about keeping kids who are at-risk off the streets and encouraging healthy habits through the guidance and personalized support of a mentor. The YMCA Plusone Mentoring program is an established and proven early intervention model, and this program demonstrates that the YMCA is a partner of choice engaged in helping young people achieve success and attain their full potential.”
- Stéphane Vaillancourt, President and CEO of The YMCAs of Québec
The YMCAs of Québec are implementing the Plusone mentoring program in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, the YMCA of Regina, the YMCA of Greater Moncton, and the YMCA Scotland (program founder).
From April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017, the Government of Canada supported 91 community-based crime prevention projects across Canada.
Close to $43 million is committed to projects in 2017-2018 to support the National Crime Prevention Strategy. Through these investments, the government is supporting the development of cost-effective ways to prevent and reduce crime among at-risk populations and vulnerable communities by intervening to mitigate the underlying factors that put individuals at risk of offending.
Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Public Safety Canada
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