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Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee
Photo by Whitehorse Star
Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee
Eight community-led projects focused on crime prevention are receiving $121,768 in funding from the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust.
Many of the projects aim to reach youth and provide opportunities for them to form relationships and build life skills. They open up possibilities for youth to create healthy lifestyles through sport, music and cultural camps and programming.
“We’re thrilled to provide support to projects that are empowering Yukoners and providing meaningful programming opportunities this summer and beyond,” Lareina Twardochleb, who chairs the Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust board of trustees, said July 30.
“As a board of trustees, we continue to be impressed by the creative and innovative projects that are building community, addressing the root causes of crime and supporting those that have been victimized.”
Here are the spring 2018 grant recipients:
Yukon Tourism Education Council – $34,000 (the largest grant) for a youth program summer camp.
The council is hosting 10 weeks of day camps for youth at the Multicultural Centre.
The camps will focus on English as a second language, reading and math through activities including arts and crafts, book club, math club, sports, themed events, walking tours, games, field trips and guest speakers from other youth organizations.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yukon – $12,000 for a community mentoring project.
The organization is building and augmenting its mentoring program in Dawson City and Whitehorse. It’s doing so through volunteer recruitment, safety training and case management and mentorship monitoring.
The goal is to build program capacity to provide a mentor for each child who would like one in the Yukon.
The mentoring program matches an adult with a child to create a fun and safe friendship so that the child feels valued and has a friend to talk to. The program participants go on outings, meet at the child’s home or partake in activities offered through school.
Blood Ties Four Directions Centre Society – $15,936 for Landlords Working to End Homelessness after-hours support.
The landlords program provides vulnerable and “hard-to-house” clients with housing and ongoing support services in order to help them become successful tenants.
A sponsor organization leases a rental unit on behalf of a client and assumes responsibility for ensuring the client is good tenant.
A pilot project is currently working to collaboratively partner with agencies to expand the program with on-call, after-hours and weekend client supports.
The hope is that more landlords will be willing to enter into tenancy agreements if there are more supports in place to help tenants in crisis on evenings and weekends.
The society started the landlords program in 2013. It has been adopted by the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society Yukon and Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition.
Yukon Youth Outdoor Leadership Association – $15,337 for the Community After-School Sports Program.
The program will offer free mid-week cultural programming at the Canada Games Centre (CGC) including Arctic sports, hockey, lacrosse and hand games. Participants will be provided a meal following each of the 28 sessions.
The program is a partnership among the CGC, the Boys and Girls Club of Yukon, Dornonn Fox, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and Yukon Aboriginal Sports Circle.
Dawson Shelter Society – $7,535.30 for Wen-do women’s self-defence sessions and workshops.
The society, in collaboration with the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation, is bringing Wen-Do women’s self-defence to Dawson City to conduct self-defence sessions and workshops about violence and crime prevention, as well as responsive care. There will be sessions for both youth and adults.
Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation – $2,660 for Historical Youth Hunting Practices: Connecting with ourselves, archery.
This project will empower and reconnect youth and adults with First Nation traditional hunting practices and encourage cultural revitalization through eight archery classes.
The project will teach First Nation cultural values of caring, sharing, respect and self-control.
Dawson City Music Festival Society – $22,800 for Yukon Girls Rock Camp.
The society hosted the fourth annual camp in Dawson and has expanded the camp to Whitehorse. The camps include music education and workshops.
Topics include media literacy; band dynamics; women trailblazers in music and society; issues for northern girls; fashion and style in gender and sexual orientation; traditional singing and culture; mentorship; and being allies for others in the community.
The camps end with a public performance of a song written by the girls at the camp. In Dawson, this took place at last month’s Dawson City Music Festival.
Village of Teslin – $11,500 for 2018 summer programming.
The village is providing weekday camps and afternoon and evening programming for children and youth from June 15 to Aug. 31 in Teslin and surrounding areas.
Three-week-long day camps include Elephant Thoughts science camp, the Breakdance Yukon Society dance camp and Monkey Business gymnastics camp.
The project goals are to reduce the incidence of crime by offering children and youth in Teslin a safe place to go during the summer months to be active, mentally engaged and learn new skills.
The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust provides funding twice a year to projects that are intended to reduce crime, prevent gender-based violence and violence against women and children.
Also eligible are projects that address the root causes of crime, provide services and information to victims of crime or provide information about crime prevention and victimization.
Funding applications are accepted from municipal and First Nation governments, non-profit organizations and school councils or boards.
Eligible costs can include wages or honouraria, promotional materials and printing, as well as materials or rental costs.
The fund has supported Yukon community groups since 1998.
Proposals are reviewed by the board of trustees, which includes community members and representatives from the Yukon government, First Nations, women’s organizations and the RCMP.
The next application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 15.
“Providing youth with meaningful opportunities to build skills, be active and connect with their community is a great way to divert them from criminal activities,” said Justice Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee.
“It is really great that this year Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust has focused on supporting community-led projects that aim to support Yukon youth and reduce their vulnerabilities to negative influences.”
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