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June 28, 2010

Lethbridge Community Program – Turning Troubled Youth into Mature Adults

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A creative outlet for young, at-risk youth has been initiated in Lethbridge.  The Building Bridges: Creating Resilience program will address multiple crime issues and show youth the path to success through education and positive choices. The program aims to help students overcome challenges such as absenteeism, substance abuse, and violence.

“This Lethbridge project is a great example of a community that came together to identify specific issues happening in its own backyard,” says Alison Redford, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “ By addressing these crime issues early enough, we will be giving our kids the support they need to take a more positive path.”

With the help of a $480,000 grant from Safe Communities Innovation Fund through the Government of Alberta, Building Bridges will help students make better choices and complete their high school education. They will provide in-school resiliency groups, community service opportunities, and dramatic arts productions.

The Minister of Children and Youth Services, Yvonne Fritz, says “the Building Bridges program in Lethbridge will help youth build on their strengths, make positive life decisions, and become more independent and successful.”

Lethbridge Family Services developed and leads this program to improve high school completion rates, and give students the tools they need to participate in their schooling and work towards higher educational goals and healthy life aspirations.

For more information on Safe Communities Innovation Fund, click here.


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