Published August 22, 2012 | 7:31 pm
The government is launching a balanced approach to keeping communities safe for families by helping young people find jobs and succeed, and by keeping Ontario streets free of guns, gangs and drugs.
Over the past 30 days, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Children and Youth Services, and Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, have heard from young people and their families, community and business leaders, and police to help inform the development of an action plan.
Ontario’s Youth Action Plan will benefit an additional 13,000 young people each year by moving forward on 20 initiatives including:
Expanding the summer jobs programs for disadvantaged youth to provide hundreds of after-school jobs during the school year and working with the private-sector to create more opportunities for young people.
Increasing the number of Youth Outreach Workers from 62 to 97 across the province to help youth make positive choices and stay on track.
Supporting community programs with a proven track record through a new, annual Youth Opportunities Fund — based on the experiences and outcomes of the Youth Challenge Fund.
Securing permanent funding for the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) and the Provincial Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (PAVIS), which target illegal gang, drugs and weapons activities in communities by focusing on intervention, enforcement and community mobilization.
Supporting Crime Stoppers to double the rewards for tips that get guns off the streets.