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Youth Engagement

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York Regional Police is dedicated to mentoring and safeguarding our youth. By engaging youth, we can build positive relationships, establish trust and open the lines of communication.

Through interaction at schools, community events and sporting events, we can teach students about the importance of leadership, teamwork and accountability and develop youth ambassadors, not only for York Regional Police, but for our community. Our Youth Education Officers and School Resource Officers are in schools across the region, connecting with students on a daily basis and promoting healthy lifestyles choices.  

Program List

This list includes all core youth programs offered by York Regional Police. There is no cost to participate and all programs operate on a referral basis only. Referrals are accepted from schools and social agencies.

Referral deadlines are generally three months prior to the start date of each program, except for the employment programs, which have a six-month deadline. Referrals are accepted at any time.

Please forward referrals to: 

Youth in Policing Initiative - After-School and Summer Employment Program

This program is suitable for those who may be interested in a career in policing and in need of positive mentorship. Offered in collaboration with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the program encourages youth to work together to support organizational and community initiatives and develop skills through structured activities and mentorship.

  • Open to youth aged 15 to 18
  • Held between October and May (afterschool program)
  • Held in July and August (summer program) 

Summer Camp

Teaches youth with strong leadership capabilities to be passionate about what they believe in and give back to the community. Emphasizes the importance of healthy relationships through positive encouragement and self-esteem building. This camp is suitable for youth who may experience barriers to success and would benefit from a positive mentorship experience.

  • For more information on the application process please contact: