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Youth Engagement

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York Regional Police is dedicated to mentoring and safeguarding our youth. By engaging youth, we can build positive relationships, establish trust and open the lines of communication.

Through interaction at schools, community events and sporting events, we can teach students about the importance of leadership, teamwork and accountability and develop youth ambassadors, not only for York Regional Police, but for our community. Our Youth Education Officers and School Resource Officers are in schools across the region, connecting with students on a daily basis and promoting healthy lifestyles choices.  

Program List

This list includes all core youth programs offered by York Regional Police. There is no cost to participate and all programs operate on a referral basis only. Referrals are accepted from schools and social agencies.

Referral deadlines are generally three months prior to the start date of each program, except for the employment programs, which have a six-month deadline. Referrals are accepted at any time.

Please forward referrals to: 

Youth Leadership Camp
Teaches youth with strong leadership capabilities to be passionate about what they believe in and give back to the community.
  • Three one-week camps open to students in Grades 4 and 5
  • Held during the fourth full week of July and the second and third full weeks of August
Youth Opportunities Camp

Emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships through positive encouragement and self-esteem building. This camp is suitable for youth who may experience barriers to success and would benefi t from a positive mentorship experience. Meals and transportation are provided.

  • A one-week camp open to students in Grades 4 and 5
  • Held during March Break
  • Three one-week camps open to students in Grades 6 and 7
  • Held during the first, second and third full weeks of July
Newcomers to Canada Camp

Offers youth lessons and outdoor education from police officers at the Community Safety Village of

York Region.

  • Open to students in Grades 6, 7 and 8 who have been in Canada for less than two years
  • Held between May and June 
Positive Strides 

Teaches youth the importance of making positive choices. Aimed at youth who would benefit from a positive role model, the program begins with a meet-and-greet session and healthy lifestyle presentation and is followed by four weeks of horseback riding and general horse care lessons.

  • Open to students in Grades 5 to 8
  • Held from late April to early June 
Youth in Policing Initiative - After-School and Summer Employment Program

This program is suitable for those who may be interested in a career in policing and in need of positive mentorship. Offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the program encourages youth to work together to support organizational and community initiatives and develop skills through structured activities and mentorship.

  • Open to youth aged 15 to 18
  • Held between October and May (afterschool program)
  • Held in July and August (summer program) 

York Regional Police also offers many events and forums throughout the year, including:

Teen Academy

The Teen Academy is ideal for youth wishing to pursue a career in policing. Youth have the opportunity to learn about York Regional Police and its specialty units. Open to youth in Grades 9 to 12.

Youth Forums 

Day-long events for high school students featuring guest speakers and workshops on current topics and issues facing youth. 

Youth Advisory Council 

The council consists of high school students from across York Region. Approximately four meetings are held annually for youth to discuss current issues and concerns with York Regional Police. 

Youth Empowerment Summit

A day-long event for youth in Grades 9 to 10 that includes guest speakers, workshops and resources dedicated to positive lifestyle choices.