REACH Edmonton

Each of us has the potential to be a leader within our community, and this year’s REACH AGM and Showcase Celebration will focus on the work being done to build leadership capacity among Edmonton’s youth through the Police and Youth Engagement Program (PYEP).

The event will feature a panel discussion including youth, police and educators to discuss the work of the summer program that gives teenagers a chance to earn high school credits while developing positive relationships with the Edmonton Police Service and building community leadership skills.

Edmonton Police Service has seen the program build real connections between youth and police officers.

“I have been fortunate enough to work on the Police Youth Engagement Program for the past four years. This is a community-driven program with leaders from a number of cultures planning to ensure PYEP is successful,” said EPS Supt. Terry Rocchio. “It’s great to see youth engage with our officers in a comfortable setting and begin to develop relationships and trust. The officers that present at PYEP get as much out of the interaction as the youth.”

The event will be held at Thursday, June 7 at Central Lions Recreation Centre, 11113-113 St., from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. with the Showcase Celebration beginning at 6 p.m.

This evening is an opportunity for Edmontonians to come together to explore how we can empower youth and other community members in becoming strong leaders in the future.

“We want our partners and community members to join us for this evening as we hear stories and explore how we’ve been working with our partners to create meaningful change in Edmonton and building a safer city for everyone,” said REACH Executive Director Jan Fox.

For more information, or to RSVP, click here.