Program empowers youth
The goal of the Positive Ticket program is to empower and value young people, build positive relationships with youth, create positive change in behavior, recognize their contributions to the community, and welcome youth at Park Board facilities as valued participants.
“We don’t always realize how big of an impact we have on the young people we interact with until we see them years later: resilient, well-adjusted and contributing positively to the community,” said Park Board community youth leader Gogo Lalli.
The VPD has partnered with Park Board in the program as a way to enhance trust and deepen positive relationships with Vancouver youth.
“This program will provide our officers with opportunities to break the ice with youth who may otherwise not be interested in speaking with the police. It’s nice to be able to encourage positive behaviour with complimentary access to fitness centres, pools and rinks” said VPD school liaison officer Constable Julie Birtch.
The Positive Ticket pilot program will run until July 31, 2018, when it will be evaluated. Variations of this program have been established in communities such as Richmond, Kelowna, Calgary and Toronto.