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Community programs better choices than gangs and violence for Nanaimo youths – Nanaimo Bulletin

City of Nanaimo announces funding recipients as part of federally funded youth resilience strategy

The City of Nanaimo hopes that community programming will appeal to at-risk youths and lead them toward better choices than gangs and violence.

The city announced seven programs designed to help deter youths from entering into lives of gun and gang violence as the recipients of $1.8 million from the Nanaimo youth resilience strategy.

Work toward the strategy started in early 2022, when Public Safety Canada announced Nanaimo was among 22 municipalities in B.C. selected to develop a three-year gun and gang violence prevention strategy – Nanaimo’s was endorsed by city council in May – with $1.8 million to develop the strategy and fund youth violence diversion projects.

The youth resilience strategy focus areas include safe youth gathering spaces, outreach, connections to the land, First Nations teachings, mentoring, enhancement of existing programs, and media and communications to address discrimination and stigma.

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