Our mission is to collaborate with community members, local agencies and schools in an effort to engage youth surrounding issues of social justice, responsible citizenship and leadership.
Through this experience the youth learn to believe in themselves and are empowered to prevent conflict in their schools and community.
In 1999 Kiersten Brookes was teaching at Colquitz and committed to taking students to a multiculturalism camp run by school district #61. The camp had been run on and off for several years with funding from Canadian Heritage and in this particular year the Beastie Boys were a contributor to the camp funding. The organizers needed a male chaperone for the trip and Kiersten ‘volunteered’ her husband Paul. Paul had been a police officer for 9 years and was not keen on spending 4 days with teenagers discussing multicultural issues but he knew it was the right thing to do. The impact the camp had on Paul was immense. Paul realized that he did not know the issues as well as he should and saw that there were great youth who wanted to make a difference who needed this type of experience. The funding dried up for this initiative and the school district advised that it would not be running any future camps. Paul also saw how important police involvement was in this learning and that the program could be expanded to include broader outcomes. Paul approached S/Sgt Kevin Worth and sought approval to seek funding and organize a similar camp.
S/Sgt Worth supported Paul in this endeavor and Paul applied to Canadian Heritage and Coast Capital Savings for funding. In the fall of 2002 the funding came in and Paul began organizing the inaugural camp. Judy Tethong and Paul brainstormed about names for the initiative and came up with Youth Combating Intolerance (YCI).
In September 2003 Paul ran the first YCI camp at Camp Columbia on Thetis Island with the help of Cst’s Michael Gee (Saanich PD), Peter Gill (VPD) and Todd Wellman (VPD). In 2012 the name for YCI was changed from Youth Combating Intolerance to Youth for Change and Inclusion as it more closely reflects the spirit of YCI.
Always a privilege to hear from those willing to share their stories and to meet amazing youth who will shape our community and world for many years to come. twitter.com/vicpdcanada/st…
About 3 days ago from Paul's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
@vicpdcanada is always striving to be a leader in innovation and new police techniques....don’t know if an African Serval will make the cut to replace the K9’s but they sure look nice :) ift.tt/2qghX1f pic.twitter.com/LPzMp1lKcd
About 2 weeks ago from Paul's Twitter via IFTTT
Production line for breakfast service at 844 Johnson by the Chief’s Youth Council. A lot of smiles from happy residents this morning. Thank you awesome youth for volunteering today and making a difference!! pic.twitter.com/ut6Tuk41sc
About 3 weeks ago from Paul's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
First wave of food is heading out to a hungry group of patient residents....lots of smiles. Nothing like a warm hearty breakfast to start this cold day. Thanks Kris & Melissa for guiding this gaggle! ift.tt/2upD0CT pic.twitter.com/ukK99mhzsq
About 3 weeks ago from Paul's Twitter via IFTTT
YCI/Chief’s Youth Council at 844 Johnson (PHS residential outreach building) prepping breakfast to serve residents. Youth taking time out of their holidays and school calendar to make a difference for those less fortunate. #awesomeyouth ift.tt/2uq2Jv6 pic.twitter.com/4Z5GPj6M5r