The City of Vernon has received funding from the province’s civil forfeiture program toward its Off The Wall Community Project.
“This is a great, proactive approach for preventing youth from getting into trouble with the police,” said Eric Foster, Vernon-Monashee MLA.
“It is important that youth learn the social, moral and legal consequences of graffiti vandalism. This will help them make the right choices and help promote a more welcoming and supportive community in Vernon.”
A grant of $6,529 will target youth that have been in conflict with police or are at risk of coming into conflict with authorities. Vernon’s community policing office will attend schools and teen centres to provide a workshop on graffiti vandalism prevention education.
“We are pleased that this grant will allow us the ability to engage these youth in a way that provides them with mentorship opportunities and tools to be creative in a way that builds self-respect, self-esteem, confidence and community pride,” said Tanya Laing Gahr, the city’s communications and grant co-ordinator.