October 2020 E-News

Check Out Our New K9 Calendar Merchandise!

This year, we have expanded our range of K9 Calendar Merchandise to include new items such as tote bags, mousepads, socks, and Christmas ornaments, along with old favourites like our Labrador and German Shepherd stuffies! Visit our online shop at http://www.CPYFStore.ca to see all of our swag items and to order your 2021 Calgary Police Service Canine Calendar today!

We also have a special item that will be exclusively available in the Chief Youth Courage Auction – a plush replica of one of our Police Service Dogs (pg.4)! This one of a kind stuffy has been custom made to resemble one of our most recognizable K9 officers, Axel. Be sure to tune in to the auction November 13th – 22nd for your chance to bid on him!

Kiwanis and CPYF Kids Cookbook Fundraiser

The Calgary Police Youth Foundation is excited to partner with our friends at the Kiwanis Northmount Club to create a kid’s cookbook full of fun, family friendly recipes! This great cookbook will be available in Fall 2021 and all sales proceeds will be split between the two organizations.

Have a great recipe you think we should include? Email the recipe to CPYF@CalgaryPolice.ca! Please include the name of the child, a bit of history about the recipe, the degree of difficulty, and level of supervision needed along with the ingredients and instructions. Submissions for the cookbook will be accepted until November 27th.

Kid friendly jokes, cooking tips and inspirational quotes are also welcomed!

The Youth at Risk Development (YARD) program is a community-based, early intervention initiative that supports youth ages 10-17 that are currently at risk, affiliated with a gang, or involved in gang activity. Delivered in partnership by the Calgary Police Service (CPS), the City of Calgary – Calgary Neighbourhoods (CN), and Alberta Health Services (AHS), YARD assists these youth in avoiding or leaving the gang lifestyle.

In September, the Youth At Risk Development Program released their 2019 Annual Report. Here are some of the key findings and highlights from last year:

Program Highlights

In 2019, YARD’s program model was revised to update outcomes in a few key areas: improved interpersonal relationships, increased life skills, improved mental health and wellness, and increased prosocial skills.

To help achieve these goals, the Youth At Risk Development Program hosted over 12 recreation and development events, attended by over 100 youth, along with 9 events held throughout the summer months. These events allow clients to build relationships with their YARD teams, occupy their time in a constructive way, learn new skills and associate with positive peer groups – ultimately helping them to escape or avoid the gang lifestyle.

Client Profile

The Calgary Police Youth Foundation’s purpose is to educate youth about good citizenship, safe communities, policing and avoiding victimisation and criminality. We do this by funding six child-youth programs delivered by the Calgary Police Service and other community partners focused on education, prevention, and early intervention.

This year has been challenging for everyone and the charitable sector has experienced a greater demand for support as lives and livelihoods across the world were impacted by the pandemic. Many charities, including our own, have experienced declining revenues from cancelled fundraising events and that is why we are asking friends of the Calgary Police Youth Foundation to join our Promising Futures monthly giving program! If you need a reason to sign up today, here are five!

  • Sign up is EASY – Sign up online with your credit card or by filling out the donation slip at the bottom of this page.
  • Donations Add Up – Small monthly contributions add up to a larger donation over time and you will receive an annual Tax Receipt.
  • Convenience – Donations are withdrawn automatically from your preferred account so you don’t need to remember to donate every month.
  • Continuous – Regular monthly donations provide future funding so we know we will always be able to keep children and youth safe.
  • Customizability – Donors can select any donation amount, large or small, that fits within their budget and designate their donation to a Program of their choice.

The current Free Will Program sponsored by CPYF will end on December 31st. Thanks to our agreement with the Canadian Free Wills Network, the Calgary Police Youth Foundation is able to offer individuals and couples the opportunity to have a simple Will prepared or amended, completely free of charge!

Haven’t requested your information package yet? Email your first and last name, along with your full address to CPYF@CalgaryPolice.ca and we will send your information package to you right away!

Received your package but haven’t acted on it yet? Don’t delay! The importance of having an updated Will can not be overstated!

To learn more about the importance of Wills and planning for the future, check out our upcoming Estate Management Seminars on November 18th and 25th. Learn more at:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/wealth-management-seminar-tickets-126570031371

Chief Youth Courage Awards Auction

While we could not host the in-person Chief Youth Courage Awards Gala this year due to COVID-19, we are so excited that we can still host the silent auction portion of the event!

Running from November 13 – November 22 online, the CYCA Auction will feature incredible auction items including artwork, exclusive CPS experiences, gift baskets, sports memorabilia, electronics and more! Be sure to follow along on our social media channels as we highlight the items available leading up to the event!

Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year’s Virtual Calgary Police Half Marathon event! Although it looked a little different from year’s past, the event was still a huge success.

We also wanted to send our thanks to everyone who donated to the Calgary Police Youth Foundation through the pledge program. Thanks to your generosity, we raised over $5,190 that will directly impact children and youth in our communities.

This year, we had some groups and individuals reach incredible fundraising milestones to become our pledge program prize winners! See the full list of winners below:

Thank you to everyone who donated through the pledge program and to those who participated in this year’s Calgary Police Half Marathon! You made the impossible – possible and we can’t wait to see you all back next year!

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