2021 shaping up to be a record year for YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

Calgary, AB: April 20, 2021 YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre has innovated, modified and revaluated to create a completely virtual centre and is receiving recognition for it.

While some museums and cultural centres shut down during COVID-19, 2021 has become a year of adaptability for YouthLink:

  • YouthLink has been awarded the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police Award in the “Crime Prevention and Community Initiatives” category.
  • Demand for its signature crime prevention and forensic programs has increased by 300 percent
  • Before COVID 8,000 students registered for school programs; this year 23,500 youth have registered for our virtual programs to date.

YouthLink Calgary was nominated for the Alberta Association of Chiefs of Police award by Calgary Police Executive. The Crime Prevention and Community initiatives category recognizes YouthLink’s outstanding efforts to deliver crime prevention programming to youth in Calgary. At the core of YouthLink’s programs is its partnership with the Calgary Police Service, as the Interpretive Centre connects the community with officers. YouthLink’s ability to pivot programming to online platforms has allowed the centre to continue reaching Calgarians even in these unprecedented times.

The team at YouthLink developed interactive virtual sessions on Safe for Life topics including gangs, drugs, healthy relationships and online safety. All of the Safe for Life programs are delivered through YouthLink’s mini-TV studio. This allows YL to livestream into hundreds of classrooms across the city. The Calgary Police officers stationed at the interpretive centre are also offering “Ask the Police”, an opportunity for student to ask questions about policing in the city. For educators teaching forensics, a curriculum-based forensics program was developed through YouthLink’s website for the first time.

YouthLink’s virtual programs are not just for kids! A series of virtual adult information sessions are available. Discussions on gangs, online safety and cannabis provide parents with real intel straight from CPS in an effort to keep their families safe.

For more information on YouthLink Calgary’s Albert Association Chiefs of Police Award or our virtual programs, follow us at @YouthLinkYYC on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube or YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre on Facebook. Visit our website: youthlinkcalgary.com

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. We provide unique programming in partnership with other community partners who are committed to building a stronger and safer Calgary.  

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