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.
VicPd and Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness taking in a movie together thanks to @cineplexodeon Pierre Gauthier. Fantastic opportunity to have some positive interactions with the Aboriginal street community. Not a typical day for either group... ift.tt/2jBd7LC pic.twitter.com/o0DGDBCmAC
About 3 days ago from Paul's Twitter via IFTTT
Food is all cooked and the first servings are out the window with rave reviews! Awesome 844 staff (Kris and Michelle) supporting this adventure with the Chief’s Youth Council #yci2017 @vicpdcanada pic.twitter.com/FWMVl2dEaW
About a week ago from Paul's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
Huge crew of people with the Chiefs Youth Council preparing breakfast at 844 Johnson (residential outreach buildin… ift.tt/2zANMrm pic.twitter.com/uMs2iV4pRb
About a week ago from Paul's Twitter via IFTTT
Hear my Story by YYJ & YVR Foundation. Florencio (YCI’er) & other youth shared their amazing stories. Keynote Mr Nsabimana was @yci 2005! pic.twitter.com/RBb1D5eFP7
Last month from Paul's Twitter via Twitter for iPhone
@DarrenLaur Thanks Darren :). Such a privilege to meet amazing youth and be inspired. Look forward to meeting up. Keep up your great work!