YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre reimagines in-centre school programming

Monday, January 18th, 2021

Calgary, AB: January 18, 2021 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is offering teachers and students a unique learning experience unlike any other in Canada. 

COVID is preventing thousands of students from visiting YouthLink, so YouthLink is delivering intel to them in new ways for in-school and at-home HUB learning. In an effort to contribute a positive solution to the COVID-19 pandemic, YouthLink is providing teachers with virtual and live access to its programming:

  • Calling all Detectives”: A crime has been committed in our city. Your class is invited to lead the investigation. Are you and your students up for the task? Students get to step into the shoes of a police investigator when they access a comprehensive curriculum-based virtual forensic program. Students work with police experts to solve a crime, hone their investigation skills and learn important Safe for Life techniques. This involves a 360-degree crime scene, lesson plans and special clues.
  • “Safe for Life: Live from YouthLink”: Students connect live with police officers in YouthLink to learn how to stay safe when it comes to cyber safety, drugs, gangs, bullying and healthy relationships.  
  • “Ask the Police”: We know youth have a lot of questions for police officers and YouthLink Calgary is making the connection. Calgary Police officers field questions in real time from students about anything on the minds of youth.

YouthLink Calgary tested this programming with teachers during a three-month pilot project this past fall. More than 11,000 students are now registered for this unique experience. This free programming not only helps teachers meet their curriculum needs, but provides students with an educational opportunity that is distinct to Calgary. 

“In a time where interaction is limited, YouthLink Calgary has found a way to virtually connect with Calgary classrooms. The real stories and videos were so impactful for my students. YouthLink Calgary presented their Gangs presentation to my class and the students couldn’t believe how young people join gangs. I could hear the students talking about the presentation with their peers afterwards and was so impressed with the impact it had.”  Quote from a Grade 6 Calgary teacher

Educators looking to register for YouthLink Calgary’s programming can visit youthlinkcalgary.com. For more intel, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook. 

YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre is a non-profit, proudly funded by the Calgary Police Youth Foundation, where crime prevention, community safety and education are at the heart of everything we do.   

For media inquiries:
Tara Robinson, Executive Director
403-971-1275
trobinson@calgarypolice.ca