ProAction Cops and Kids Youth/Police Engagement Charity Now Has a Peel Police Chapter

Posted On Tuesday July 20, 2021

ProAction Cops and Kids , a charity started in 1991 by community members dedicated to the health and well-being of the local youth, has launched a chapter with Peel Regional Police.

The purpose of ProAction was to create an organization that would facilitate positive and impactful connections between police officers and young people, particularly those at risk. 

The organization's focus is to raise funds needed to support various community-based programs developed and delivered by police officers to engage the youth in positive experiences.  

"It is a group of individual citizens that have come together to raise funds. To allow us to run programs for youth that are positive, building trust and mentorship in the community. I am super-pumped to see a chapter starting here in Peel," chief Nish.

The programs funded by ProAction vary widely. They are developed by tapping into the available skills of the officers and matching them up with the needs of the community. Yes, there are sports-based programs. For example, we have a boxing program currently in development by Constables Vanessa McHugh and Heather Paul. They have secured a partnership with 5-time Canadian Amateur Boxing Champion Melinda Watpool. The program is set to start once the Covid restrictions are lifted. 

"This will provide a safe space for at-risk young girls from the Acorn community to participate in sport.” Said Constable Vanessa McHugh. 

ProAction has committed funding for four other programs: lacrosse, cricket, basketball and a culinary program. There are more programs anticipated to develop in the future including those focused on life skills development, education, and platforms for self-expression through creativity and the arts. 

This partnership provides an opportunity for our officers to make significant connections with young people right here in our community, guiding kids to a brighter future. There will likely be some future leaders developed through this program and that contributes to building healthier future communities.

Peel Regional Police want to thank the ProAction council for their commitment to the health and well-being of the youth in the community and for securing these funds for the Peel Chapter despite the limited fundraising opportunities surroundng the COVID-19 pandemic protocols. 

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