September 2020 – E-News

Congratulations to Snr.Cst Singh & Sgt. Hiscock for a Successful Fundraiser!

This year the Calgary Police Service entered into its 135th year of proudly protecting the City of Calgary. Over those years, the city has grown and expanded dramatically and included into its ranks three other police departments. In honour of this history, Snr. Cst. Singh created a set of commemorative challenge coins to carry forth the memory and contributions of these Police Departments to their communities, and the Calgary Police Service legacy.

These collectible coins were snapped up quickly by members of the Calgary Police Service and 100% the sales proceeds were generously donated to the Calgary Police Youth Foundation! A grand total of $14,058.97 was raised and donated to directly benefit children and youth in our city! How amazing is that!

Thank you so much to Snr Cst. Singh and Sgt. Hiscock for your incredible act of kindness and generosity.

Get Ready for the Virtual Canine Calendar Launch on October 5th, 2020!

The 2021 Canine Calendar launch is almost here! Join us on October 5th to hear from members of the Calgary Police Service Canine Unit, Deputy Chief Chad Tawfik, Power Play Champion, Vesko, and our special guest host, Cassie Campbell-Pascall!

Date: October 5th, 2020

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Facebook – Calgary Police Youth Foundation

Instagram – @CPFYYC

Can’t wait for the launch? Good news! You can pre-order your 2021 Canine Calendar NOW by visiting our online store at: https://cpyf-online-store.myshopify.com

Program Feature: Multi Agency School Support Team (MASST)

The Multi-Agency School Support Team (MASST) was established in 2009 as an early intervention, school-based program to support children (5-12 years) who are exhibiting behaviour which puts them at risk for negative, possibly criminal patterns of behaviour or victimization into teen years.

By utilizing teams of social workers and Calgary Police Service officers, MASST helps to connect these vulnerable children and their families with resources to help them avoid a criminal lifestyle or prevent them from becoming young victims.

Among those positively impacted by MASST programming last year is R.G., a new Canadian who immigrated with his father and mother from El Salvador. R.G. has been very keen to participate in the MASST program and has been working on issues around socialization, building peer relationships, and anger strategies at school.

His family is very low income and his father is the only parent who speaks English in the home. Prior to the implementation of the pandemic control measures, both parents were working as office cleaners and sadly, both lost their employment due to shortage of work. The family does not own a computer and the only technology in the house is a smart phone owned by Dad.

When everyone was being asked to remain at home, R.G. had to walk to the school to pick up hard copies of schoolwork to complete at home. R.G was not able to participate in online learning sessions and unable to connect with his teacher. A Chromebook computer donated by the supporters of the Calgary Police Youth Foundation opened up so many learning possibilities for R.G. and has provided him valuable time to continue building friendships online with his classmates. An added benefit is the whole family can now use the computer to explore and connect to much needed benefits available online.

It warms our heart to hear the impact of this meaningful donation from R.G.’s father: “I do not know how to express myself to say thank you very much, that stands out from my heart, thank you and thank you very much for what are you doing for my son, R.G.”

You can help children like R.G. by becoming a Promising Futures monthly donor. Learn more and sign up today at: https://cpf.cpsevents.ca/promising-futures/

It is with heavy hearts that we’ve made the decision to cancel the 2020 Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala. It is the responsible action to take in light of the ongoing pandemic and our priority is always to maintain the safety of all of our guests.

Although the Gala will not be happening this year, we will be celebrating the Philanthropic Leader Award Recipient Mr. Dick Haskayne, along with the six Chief Youth Courage Award recipients. We are planning small, pandemic friendly, celebrations so we can recognise those giants among us. We will be sure to share lots of photos in future E-News!

While the party can’t happen, the great news is that the Chief Youth Courage Award Silent Auction we had plans for can still go ahead; we will be hosting this FANTASTIC online auction in the week of November 13th, 2020.

We are still looking for amazing prizes and experiences for the auction and any donation is welcome! The best part? Your auction item donation is making an impact by helping to keep our city’s most vulnerable children and youth safe from victimisation and crime! Have an item you are interested in donating? Email us at: CPYF@CalgaryPolice.ca.

Get Your “Thank You CPS” Bumper Stickers Before They’re Gone!

Thanks to our wonderful supporter, Devon, these “Thank You CPS” bumper stickers have been flying off the shelves! This special fundraiser was created by Devon to recognize the incredible work of the Calgary Police Service and its members, while helping to raise funds for the Calgary Police Youth Foundation.

For just $10, you can get one of these custom bumper stickers to proudly display while also helping to support critical youth programming helping to keep children and youth safe from victimisation and crime.

To learn more about what inspired this campaign, or to order your stickers today, visit: http://www.ThankYouDecal.com!

The Calgary Police Youth Foundation proudly funds six youth Programs in Calgary delivered by the Calgary Police Service to youth in our city and a few of those Programs are also delivered in partnership with the City of Calgary, Calgary Neighbourhoods, and Alberta Health Services.

All of the Programs play an important role in preventing crime and victimisation in our city and offer a wide variety of services and resources to vulnerable and at-risk children and youth.

We want you, our supporters, to know what your charitable donations fund, and while there is too much to list in detail, we wanted to share some of the most impactful supports we provide to youth in Calgary:

  • Breakfast, lunch and healthy snacks at two elementary schools in Calgary
  • Access to in-school Psychologists and Physical Education for up to 400 students in the Forest Lawn area
  • Free sports kits and participation in Power Play – a free, weekly soccer and hockey drop in program for youth age 6-17 from diverse and marginalized communities
  • Tutoring support and job-hunting assistance for youth at risk
  • Pro-Social activities, field trips and summer camps for children and youth at risk of crime and victimisation
  • Practical financial aid to assist with food, clothing, and school supplies for children who need this help
  • Uniforms, equipment, training and facilities for the Calgary Police Cadet Corps
  • Grade Six Education Programs delivered by educators at the Youthlink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre

We believe that the youth crime prevention, education and intervention Programs delivered to the community by the CPS and other community partners are best in class and provide a blueprint model for police services across Canada to follow. To learn more about the Programs we fund, visit our website at: www.YYCYouthFoundation.ca

Thank You Corus Entertainment

Thank you to our friends at Corus Entertainment for being our official media sponsors for 2020. Thanks to your support, we are able to share our story and raise awareness in the community about who we are, what we do, and those we serve. We appreciate your ongoing support for the CPYF. Thank you!

ISSP Back to School Update

With students back in school and for some, in person classes resumed, it has been necessary to adjust and find a new way to accomplish the goals for the Integrated School Support Program (ISSP).

The Principal of Patrick Airlie Elementary School has been working closely with the CPS Program lead and together they have come up with some ways to keep students supported and safe while accessing all of the elements of the Integrated School Support Program. Below are some of the measures put in place.

  • Adjusted the timing of the breakfast program so that appropriate physical distancing can occur while still providing a balanced breakfast every day.
  • Physical Education is currently being held outside to adhere to physical distancing rules while keeping students active.
  • Students are provided with their own pieces of gym equipment such as skipping ropes and balls, to avoid cross contamination with others.

Upcoming Wealth Management Seminar

The Calgary Police Youth Foundation is excited to be hosting an Wealth Management Seminar in November 2020! We invite you to come along and learn all about the importance of estate planning and how you can work to achieve your future financial goals.

Be sure to follow along on our social media channels for all of the important seminar updates, including the official date, time and location!

Don’t want to wait? Start your estate planning early and act on the opportunity to have a simple Will written or amended, completely free of change. Learn more and sign up today at: https://cpf.cpsevents.ca/canadian-free-wills-network/

CPYF In the Community – MAX Bus Shelter Ads

This month we launched a brand-new advertising campaign along the Calgary Transit MAX Bus lines! These new ads work to highlight the different types of challenges our program participants are facing and how the Calgary Police Youth Foundation’s funded programs can help!

Let us know what you think of our new ads at: CPYF@CalgaryPolice.ca!

The Calgary Police Youth Foundation is a volunteer-governed Alberta charity, and sincerely appreciates your support and interest in its work to fund youth-based programs that help keep our Calgary children and youth safe from crime and victimization. Registered Charity Number 812149714 RR0001. Learn more about the Foundation at http://www.YYCYouthFoundation.ca.  If you have questions, please contact CPYF@calgarypolice.ca.

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