Langley RCMP Proudly Partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Langley

Langley

2017-03-27 10:32 PDT

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In Langley, the youth community experiences high rates of drug use, which can lead to criminal activity and mental health issues down the road. In addition many youth experience childhood obesity.
A Langley report entitled A Profile of Children and Youth Aged 0-19 years found that after school programs in Langley for children ages 6-12 years old, a critical developmental time, are lacking. Unfortunately, community groups such as Big Brothers and Big Sisters (BBBS) of Langley are in need of more funding and volunteers to increase their capacity to provide After School programs to Langley children and youth. To help address these challenges, BBBS Langley and the Langley RCMP have embarked on an exciting new partnership to support more children through after school group mentoring programs.

The Go Girls program, offered by BBBS Langley, is a program that provides young girls an opportunity to experience positive role models, and will hopefully lead them to establish patterns of behaviour that will lead to healthier lives. The program creates an environment where girls can proactively deal with problems they may be facing by talking with supportive peers and mentors. It is also a place where mentors can provide concrete and practical ways to help girls overcome difficulties, and establish positive behaviours.

Constable Alice COLLINS has now been in Langley for one year and is facilitating her second group of Go Girls. Essentially, they ‘hang out’ for a couple hours per week and participate in games, crafts or sports. She is joined by another mentor as they lead the girls through an 8 week curriculum focussed on creating healthy bodies and healthy minds. Conversations around healthy eating, active living and positive self-esteem are woven into each get together. Alice says of the program, It really is great for young girls. Especially those who suffer from low self-esteem. Through the 8 week program you can see them start to come out of their shell, and gain some confidence.

More recently, Constable Ravi RAMNARINE, who has been with Langley Detachment since July of last year, has embraced the boys program called Game On. Ravi says of this participation, I got involved as I enjoy dealing with youth, and believe if you can keep them active and interested in extracurricular activities, it could help prevent their involvement in drugs and gangs later on in life.

The Game On program is a group mentoring program for providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices.

Roslyn Henderson, Associate Executive Director of BBBS Langley shared, it is great to see how the RCMP has embraced our group mentoring programs. We are very fortunate to have their support.

Volunteer Mentors for Go Girls and Game On are generally between 16 and 30 years old and have an interest in physical activity, healthy eating and mentoring. BBBS of Langley is always looking for more mentors to help facilitate these programs.

Superintendent Murray POWER, Officer in Charge Langley RCMP Detachment, We are always proud of our members who step up to do extra and work with outstanding partners like Big Brothers Big Sisters. These are win-win situations where everyone involved goes home feeling good.

 

Diffusé par

Cap. Holly Largy

Agente des relations avec les médias
GRC de Langley – « Branché sur la collectivité »
langley.bc.rcmp.ca (en anglais seulement)
22180, avenue 48A, Langley (C.-B.) V3A 8B7
Téléphone : 604-532-3231
Cellulaire : 778-991-7932
Télécopieur : 604-532-3239

Courriel : holly.largy@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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