YCOPP (YouthLink’s Community of Prevention Program)
YCOPP is an inter-agency collaboration between YouthLink (crime prevention), the Calgary Police Service (building trust) and city-wide social agencies (on-going support). This program is designed to support social agencies and CPS officers working with groups of youth within Calgary’s most vulnerable populations.
- WEEKDAY EVENINGS, 2.5 HRS
- FOR CALGARY SOCIAL AGENCIES and CPS Officers working with youth of vulnerable populations.
- INCLUDES 2 SAFE FOR LIFE PRESENTATIONS that deliver the critical information and tools that empower young people to successfully navigate through issues related to crime and victimization. Learn more.
- SUPPORTED BY IN-UNIFORM POLICE OFFICERS to provide an opportunity to build trust in police within a positive environment.
Who can apply?
- Social agencies working with groups of Calgary youth of vulnerable populations.
- CPS officers seeking Crime Management Strategy initiatives among youth of vulnerable populations.
Who plays a part in this program?
- YOUTHLINK’S Educators deliver the critical information youth of vulnerable populations need to hear. Learning is promoted through relevant and relatable stories, engaging group discussions and an opportunity to ask questions.
- OFFICERS OF THE CALGARY POLICE SERVICE attending the program offer open and honest responses to questions within YouthLink’s positive environment. This provides an opportunity to break down barriers, build trust and develop new and lasting relationships.
- ATTENDING SOCIAL AGENCIES offer an established relationship and on-going support for participants. This connection is essential for promoting difficult conversations and helps build trust between your group and the attending Officers. Your knowledge also provides our team with insight to the current challenges being faced by the youth of your community. Sharing this information during the short application process, allows us to tailor the program to target these challenges most effectively. During the Safe for Life Presentations, YouthLink’s Educators may refer to your organization’s services and may ask you to contribute information about how these services may be accessed.
Evenings (school year) and Days (summer)
2.5 Hours (available between 3:30 pm and 8:00 pm)
Introduction (20 minutes)
– Meet the team (YouthLink Educators and participating Police Officers).
– The role of Police in community safety.
– The role of citizens in community safety.
– Smart Decision Making introduction.
Safe for Life Presentation #1 (45 minutes)
Healthy Relationships is pre-selected for the YCOPP program (as domestic-related incidents represent a high call volume request for Police Service).
Safe for Life Presentation #2 (45 minutes)
Your choice of any additional Safe for Life Presentation (Drugs, Online Safety, Gangs or Bullying).
Exploration of the Police Museum (40 minutes)
This program ends in an exciting tour of The Police Museum. Uncover incredible stories, test your group’s policing skills and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere for Q & A with the attending Officers.
How do you access this program?
- You are a Calgary-based social agency (or CPS member) working with youth of vulnerable populations.
- Participants must be 11 to 17 years old (max 30 per visit).
- You can provide a ratio 1 adult (from your organization) for every 7 participants.
- Your group will benefit from prevention (our material is focused on prevention and may not be suitable for those that are actively participating in criminal behavior and more suitable for the YARD program).
- A short application is required during your booking process.
- You will be asked to identify any CPS Officers that your community is currently engaging with (CRO’s, Patrol, or other). Our goal will be to have them attend the program.
- This is an application only. Participation selection is based on resources, your organizations goals and a number of other contributing factors.
“From the moment we met the staff and the presentation began, I started noticing the change in the group – especially in those that were hesitant in the beginning. They were engaged, asked questions, seemed relaxed and you could see the wheels turning. Their lives were changed from this trip, their perspective of Police changed to a more positive light, they appeared empowered from the information. The bus ride home was filled with positive conversation about the trip.”
Raymond Njika, Calgary Housing Company