News

MLA supports Youth Inclusion Program

MLA Laurie Throness has thrown his support behind the popular Youth Inclusion Program, by asking the federal government to continue funding it.

The federal funding for YIP will dry up in July this year, and the program's manager Adam Palmer has been appealing to local politicians for their support. Along the way, he managed to earn the support of Throness.

He said the proximity of two major institutions to Agassiz translates into a higher need for programs that are proactive for at-risk youth.

"I believe the more we engage people before they hit the criminal scene, the better off they will be, as well as the community," Throness said. "Prisons bring with them a vulnerable population."

As the prisons are federally-funded, Throness added it's appropriate that the same government fund programs that can encourage young people to stay out of jail.

YIP is a referral-based, recreational program for eight to 18 year olds that has been operating for almost five years. It was set up as a pilot project, one of 13 across Canada. It is partially funded from the National Crime Prevention Strategy, which the government calls a "plan to tackle crime in order to build stronger, healthier communities."

There hasn't been word yet on whether the program will continue after the pilot has run its course this summer. Many local youth are involved with the program, for varying lengths of time. In the past, the group has focused on healthy recreation activities. In late 2013, the group released a short film they had produced over the course of about 18 months.

YIP is run with the help of Agassiz-Harrison Community Services, and both communities have shown their support for the program as well.

news@ahobserver.com

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Surrey RCMP seek car theft suspects
 
MP Hiebert defends reactive changes to his bill
 
Alleged driver in fatal hit-and-run is a Surrey RCMP hired consultant
Transportation Minister revs up B.C. speed limit reform debate
 
Accused killer changes story
 
Push for pool brings out crowd
UPDATE: Commissioner calls off hearing into New Westminster police-involved shooting
 
Make reading child’s play for Family Literacy Day
 
Forum fuels insight

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 16 edition online now. Browse the archives.