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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Toronto Police Services Board's Youth Initiatives

Assessing the Effectiveness of the Toronto Police Services Board's Youth Initiatives

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This project, funded by the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) investigates the extent to which the TPSB-funded youth programs are responsive to the needs and interests of youth living in marginalized communities. Additionally, the project examines whether these programs that within the Toronto Police services, and others hosted by community agencies are helping to change youths perceptions, experiences and attitudes towards the police, and whether those changing attitudes are sustained after participation in the program.

Since the concern is with the effectiveness of community-based programs and police and community relationships, the research focus is not solely on the youths. The participation and impact that these programs have on police officers is also a significant area of interest; and one of the objectives will be to hear from officers and to note (among other things) their ideas and perceptions of young people from marginalized neighbourhoods prior to, during, and after participating in these programs. Also, we will look at whether relationships the police form with the youth participants are maintained, and how many officers volunteer their time to working with the youths.

Special attention will be given to the program directly administered by the Toronto Police Services Board ñ the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI). YIPI is a program that takes approximately 150 youths from Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods and employs them in various police divisions each summer. The aim of this program is both to offer youth a meaningful and productive work experience while simultaneously enhancing police-community relations by creating youth ambassadors for the Toronto Police Services.

The research team consists of:

Carl James (PI)
Director, York Centre for Education & Community
Faculty of Education, York University

Selom Chapman Nyaho (Coordinator)
Research Coordinator, York Centre for Education & Community
Faculty of Education, York University"

http://ycec.edu.yorku.ca/2010/04/assessment-of-the-effectiveness-of-tpsb-youth-programs-initiatives/
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This project, funded by the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) investigates the extent to which the TPSB-funded youth programs are responsive to the needs and interests of youth living in marginalized communities. Additionally, the project examines whether these programs that within the Toronto Police services, and others hosted by community agencies are helping to change youths perceptions, experiences and attitudes towards the police, and whether those changing attitudes are sustained after participation in the program.

Since the concern is with the effectiveness of community-based programs and police and community relationships, the research focus is not solely on the youths. The participation and impact that these programs have on police officers is also a significant area of interest; and one of the objectives will be to hear from officers and to note (among other things) their ideas and perceptions of young people from marginalized neighbourhoods prior to, during, and after participating in these programs. Also, we will look at whether relationships the police form with the youth participants are maintained, and how many officers volunteer their time to working with the youths.

Special attention will be given to the program directly administered by the Toronto Police Services Board ñ the Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI). YIPI is a program that takes approximately 150 youths from Toronto's 13 priority neighbourhoods and employs them in various police divisions each summer. The aim of this program is both to offer youth a meaningful and productive work experience while simultaneously enhancing police-community relations by creating youth ambassadors for the Toronto Police Services.

The research team consists of:

Carl James (PI)
Director, York Centre for Education & Community
Faculty of Education, York University

Selom Chapman Nyaho (Coordinator)
Research Coordinator, York Centre for Education & Community
Faculty of Education, York University"

http://ycec.edu.yorku.ca/2010/04/assessment-of-the-effectiveness-of-tpsb-youth-programs-initiatives/

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Assessing the Effectiveness of the Toronto Police Services Board’s Youth Initiatives
Submitted to:
 Toronto Police Services Board
Carl E. JamesSelom Chapman NyahoDanielle Kwan-LafondApril 2011
 York Centre for Education and Community
Suite 3150 Technology Enhanced Learning Building4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ON M3J 1P3p. 416-650-8458/f. 416-650-8080www.yorku.ca/ycec
 
 
Assessing the Effectiveness of the Toronto Police Services Board’s Youth Initiatives2
 
Assessing the Effectiveness of the Toronto Police Services Board’s Youth Initiatives3
Acknowledgements
 This report would not have been possible without the support and assistance of a great manypeople. We did not anticipate the sheer amount of data we gathered, and this was the result of the access and accessibility given to us by the Toronto Police Services Board, members of the Toronto Police Service, and the community organizations with whom we worked. The organizations who agreed to be part of this research gave freely of their time and spokeopenly about their thoughts, opinions, and needs. We want to acknowledge Native Child andFamily Services, Tropicana Community Services, and the Youth Association for Academics,Athletics, and Character Education. The organizers and staff at these organizations worktirelessly to provide opportunities and support to youth, and they accommodated ourintrusions not only with grace, but with a degree of enthusiasm given the opportunity todemonstrate the important work they do to enhance the lives of others. We can only hope wehave done justice to their conversations and wish we were able to include even more aboutthe amount and type of work they do every day.A researcher’s dream is to be allowed the types of exposure and interactions that make it feelas if they are actually participants, and this was very much the case with the Youth inPolicing Initiative (YIPI). We want to acknowledge all of the assistance the coordinators andstaff at YIPI gave us in order to produce this report. Melva Radway and Joanne Goodingwent out of their way to make us feel welcome and to explain to us what was happening ateach stage of the program. Ms. Radway also brought researchers along for the site visits andher ability to deal with busloads of energetic youth demonstrated her wonderful and caringpersonality. We are also greatly indebted to Meera Goocool, whose support far exceededanything that could have been expected. Ms. Goocool quickly and efficiently sent us datafrom the program, provided us with contact information for police officers, printed anddistributed our surveys, and coordinated our focus groups with YIPI participants. Finally, thepassion and devotion demonstrated by Danielle Dowdy towards both YIPI and to providing ameaningful opportunity for youth from marginalized areas was inspiring.We want to acknowledge Alok Mukherjee, Chair of the Toronto Police Services Board, forsupporting this research and the Toronto Police Services Board for encouraging the researchteam to produce a report that was honest and forthcoming. We would particularly like torecognize Karlene Bennett, who provided anything and everything we requested and workedhard to facilitate the research and writing process. Whenever we encountered any difficultiesor delays, the solution was always, “Call Karlene”. Ms. Bennett is a credit to herorganization. In the same vein, we wish to acknowledge retired Deputy Chief Keith Ford forhis commitment to YIPI and support of this project.Finally, and most importantly, we must acknowledge all of the youth both of YIPI and of the community organizations – who participated in our research. Although they received nocompensation, they spoke with a willingness and eloquence that demonstrated that we allhave much to learn from the lives and experiences of youth.

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