Three crime prevention programs in Calgary will be getting financial support from the federal government as $3.1 million of funding was announced Thursday.

Federal Minister of Public Safety Peter Van Loan said the money will help youth divert from criminal activity and make better choices.


“This is an important component of our plan to combat crime and make our communities and streets safe for everyone,” said Van Loan.

The Calgary Police Service’s Youth at Risk Development Program will receive $1 million over four years to continue working with youth who are at risk of joining a gang or already involved in gangs.

The Calgary Mennonite Centre for Newcomers Society will receive $1.2 million to implement the Effective Community Response to Immigrant Youth Gang Crime Project.

The Calgary Family Services’ Spirit — Girls Identifying Real Life Solutions, which shows girls aged 12 to 15 the benefits of long-term positive relationships, coping strategies and life skills will receive $900,000.

“Many youth have difficulty seeing different options and alternatives for their futures,” said CPS Deputy Chief Al Redford. “They need to have resources at their disposal.”

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