Youth leadership workshops
Every year, the RCMP hosts youth leadership workshops at its training academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Students in grades 9 to 12 from across the country are invited and attend the event accompanied by police officers from their respective communities.
The workshop features:
- interactive sessions with RCMP members, motivational speakers and other special guests
- educational activities and discussions on topics such as bullying, road safety, healthy relationships and substance misuse
- support to develop an action plan to help address a community youth crime or victimization issue. When they return home, participants put these plans in action with support from the RCMP
- Build youth leadership skills
- Foster positive relationships between police officers and youth
- Enable youth to make a difference in their communities
- Raise awareness around youth crime and victimization issues
Here are examples of projects led by past workshop participants:
- Community activity nights, such as movie nights to help tackle issues of youth boredom
- Community fishing trips to promote pro-social and positive activities in their communities
- Educational awareness nights for youth and parents on topics such as substance misuse
A program is going to be more successful when we discover and learn from the target population and include them in the development, implementation and maintenance of a program. As members, we are amazed at the ideas youth develop. We feel empowered to work with them to implement their ideas in the community; the drive and compassion they show is amazing.
RCMP Constable Stephanie Leduc, Northwest Territories
February 2018 workshop participant
For more information, please contact the RCMP Centre for Youth Crime Prevention.
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