The Youth Programs Officer (YPO) is responsible for planning and coordinating community youth programs (12-24 years) as well as acting as the Youth Criminal Justice Act coordinator.
The YPO also:
- Acts as a resource on specific issues related to youth.
- Conducts proactive police initiatives involving youth in our community.
- Provides support and assistance and youth leadership within a team environment.
- Liaises with other police agencies and non-police agencies as required in developing informational and educational material and programs for youth.
Constable Carolyn Gauthier
Youth Programs Officer
613-549-4660 x 6306
A few of the Services and Programs Facilitated by the Youth Programs Officer:
YIPI – YOUTH-IN-POLICING-INITIATIVE
Kingston Police, with funding made available through the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, offers part-time employment with the Youth In Policing Initiative (YIPI).
The YIPI program is setup for youth 15-18 years of age who are attending school in the Kingston area. The goal is to give young people an opportunity to develop job skills while enhancing police and community relations.
The YIPI programs runs twice a year, once from November to June and once through July and August. The participants will work in various sections of the Kingston Police service, support community initiatives and learn valuable life and employment skills. YIPI participants will also have a working relationship with a number of valuable youth-serving organizations in Kingston.
Prior to each YIPI program notices to apply are posted on Event page https://www.kingstonpolice.ca/news-events/events-calendar/ as well as our Facebook https://.facebook.com/KingstonPolice/ and Twitter @KingstonPolice sites.
PAL – Police Athletic League
The Police Athletics League is hosted at the Boys and Girls Club of Kingston, 1300 Bath Road. The league provides free sports to youth ages 13-17, every Thursday night from 6-8 p.m. at the West End Hub. A Provincial grant made this league possible, providing funding for Boys & Girls Club staff, giveaways for participants and free transportation from various points in the city.
The league runs from October to June. The league offers a different sport each Thursday from October to December. Each of these nights will focus on fundamentals, rules and non-competitive games. Following the school holiday break, the league will resume with two dedicated competitive leagues, each of a sport deemed to be most wanted by the participating youth. A third league, still featuring a variety of sports, will consist of fun and non-competitive games.
Direct transportation is provided in the north end of Kingston at KCHC and other locations, as well as at Holy Cross, Bayridge and Frontenac in the west end.
Youth do not have to be a member of the Boys and Girls Club to participate. Youth who are not members, or are currently not involved in organized sports, are especially encouraged to join.
Members of the Kingston Police will be present each night to participate with youth in a fun and interactive forum. The league has been developed to build personal relationships between youth and officers and build strong community bonds between Kingston Police and its community.
Intersections is an evidence–informed early intervention program for children and youth who are at-risk of becoming justice-involved and/or their families. These children/youth and/or families/caregiver(s) often come into contact with police because of situations related to mental health issues or illnesses, childhood and youth developmental issues and/or substance use issues. In order to reduce and prevent further interaction with police services and the justice system, this program helps children/youth and/or their families/caregiver(s) to access available support services within the community.
For more information see their website: http://www.youthdiversion.org/index.cfm/programs/intersection-program/
Constable Josh Conner served as the Kingston Police Youth Officer from 2015-2017, and in February 2018 he was one of the few choosen to speak at the TEDxQueensU event. Officer Conner spoke about his time working with youth while serving 3 years as the Kingston Police Youth Officer. He also discussed the perception of police and the different roles they police play within the community.
His talk, “My community needed a youth officer, not a TV cop” is now available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwfLXcCLDfw
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.