Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Youth Advocate Program, An Early Intervention Program

I was checking the scheduled meetings at City Hall for the week a few days ago, and noticed the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services will be having their first meeting of the New Year on Thursday morning. On the agenda, among other things, is "Early Intervention Programs - Youth Advocate Program" ( ).
I had a look at the report, and it looks like Winnipeg is modelling this program from one in Halifax. The information on the City of Winnipeg website has a link to a 13 page document, which provides some insight into the Program.
There are three recommendations in the report as follows:
1. That the City of Winnipeg Community Services Department provide free recreational opportunities to children and families involved with the Province of Manitoba's Turnabout Program in Winnipeg which provides services to youth under the age of 12 years who have been in conflict with the law or are at risk.
2. That the City of Winnipeg in partnership with the Province of Manitoba Department of Justice conduct further analysis with respect to identifying any gaps in crime prevention services and supports for youth aged 12-14 years who have been in conflict with the law or are at risk.
3. That the Public Service report back to Council in one year on how the investment in recreation services has helped to improve outcomes for children served by Province of Manitoba's Turnabout Program.
Well, from the standpoint of a citizen living in the North End, this sounds great.
On the news today, Police Chief McCaskill made mention of youth as young as 10 years old being caught for stealing cars. He said they cannot be charged criminally because they are so young.
When you hear of crimes taking place from children so young, that is the sound of a City crying for help. The crime is not committed in isolation. The crime is committed as the result of a damaged environment.
We have to all work together to correct the damage. Whether it is picking up garbage to make our world cleaner, or helping young children to find more positive ways to spend their time, its all a step in the right direction.
And I am for taking that step.


  1. The programs are all well and good, but the problem is these kids go home to a parent or parents who for the most part couldint care less what the kid does as long as the child tax credit keeps rolloing in.

    Hold these poor excuses for parents responsible and then maybe you will start to see a difference.

  2. Agreed. It sounds like a child crying out for a parent. There are no easy answers, and it does take a village to raise a child, but as long as the primary influence is missing, there's not a lot we can do. Without a parent, this kid ain't getting to Centennial Pool to go for a free swim, because they don't have a swim suit. It's too bad that we don't need to pass a test to have kids. It's tougher to adopt a cat.

  3. Sometimes no matter what you do as a parent a child will make poor decisions. It's time everyone stop the parent blaming game. Yes, sometimes there are problems in the home but not always. This program sounds like a great way to address the child and teach them about appropriate decision making. Ultimately you can't blame your parents for your choices.

  4. Staging a family intervention for an addict can be one of the most effective tools when it comes to encouraging a loved one to get the necessary treatment help. Intervention help