The Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction announced Tuesday that Surrey will receive $7.5 million in federal funding for the Anti-Gang Family Empowerment (SAFE) Program.
The Honourable Bill Blair, along with the Minister of Defence, the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, were also on hand for the announcement.
This anti-gang program will “provide at-risk youth with alternatives to joining gangs, help them develop social skills, and restore and build positive relationships with their parents and the community” reads a statement.
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“Our government is committed to protecting our young people and keeping them safe through preventative programming to help them confront their challenges, build trust and confidence, and discover a better path” said Harjit Sajjan.
The SAFE Program was developed out of the findings of the Mayor’s Task Force on Gang Violence Prevention, which reported its findings in July 2018. Up to 4,730 high-school-aged young people in the City of Surrey will benefit from this project.
SAFE Anti-Gang Program
The SAFE Program will include:
- Creation of a Children and Youth at Risk Table (CHART)
- Provide support to young women exiting unhealthy, sexually exploitive relationships
- Parental support to strengthen relationships and positive cultural attachment for at-risk young people
The program is funded under the National Crime Prevention Strategy (NCPS). The NCPS funds programs that reach out to young people through schools, community centres and neighbourhood organizations to help steer them away from drugs, gangs and other potentially harmful activities. It also helps programs that provide counselling and support to build stronger communities.
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