On February 14, 2006, the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS) announced that the Ontario Government would be funding various youth opportunity initiatives, as part of the government's new strategy to address the growing needs of our youth. Part of that strategy, was and is a partnership with the Toronto Police Services Board, the Toronto Police Service, and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to hire 150 youth for the summer.
In 2012, the Youth in Policing Initiative Afterschool program was created in recognition of the importance of providing support and employment opportunities for young people all year round.
This employment initiative focuses on diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 18 years, who reside in our priority identified neighbourhoods within the City of Toronto.
The aim of the Youth in Policing Initiative is to promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment through diverse, educational, and productive work assignments.
This program also enhances the link between the police and the neighbourhoods we serve. This initiative gives young people an opportunity to develop job skills while fostering positive partnerships with the Toronto Police Service.
The mandate of the Youth in Policing Initiative is:
To promote youth participation in and exposure to the work environment
through diverse, educational and productive work assignments;
the link between the police and the neighbourhoods we serve by selecting
youth reflecting our culturally diverse city;
To provide a safe and positive
employment opportunity over the summer months for youth; and
To promote the
Toronto Police Service as an employer of choice.
In order to be eligible for the program, youth:
Must be a student between the ages of 15 and 18 years;
Must not have any criminal charges pending before the court;
Must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident;
Must be legally eligible to work in Canada;
Must be attending school; and
Must not have previously participated in any YIPI program
Additionally, youth must be permanent residents of one of the following neighbourhoods: