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Calgary Kids Get Supports to Tackle Tough Issues, Make Positive Choices

Anti-crime programs that focus on gangs, bullying, drugs and internet safety will help young people in Alberta sort facts from fiction.

The most recent Civil Forfeiture Fund (CFF) grants support 15 projects throughout Alberta including a grant to the YouthLink Interpretive Centre for $500,000 over two years.

The YouthLink Interpretive Centre is an interactive facility that supports youths by strengthening their knowledge of the tough issues, so they can make informed choices going into junior high school.

“The Civil Forfeiture Fund grants turn “bad” money into good. This grant to the YouthLink Interpretive Centre puts the proceeds of crime back into the community to prevent crime, support victims and keep our youth safe.”

~ Jonathan Denis, Minister of Justice and Solicitor General

“YouthLink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre will give kids the opportunity to change their lives. It will focus on youth education, crime prevention, and intervention so that young people are engaged and empowered to make good decisions and keep away from crime and victimization down the road.”

~ Rick Hanson, Chief, Calgary Police Service

CFF grants support community initiatives aimed at children, youth, and families at risk of becoming involved in criminal activity, including gang involvement and those at-risk of being a victim of crime. A total of $2.8 million in grants support community crime prevention and victims’ services projects.

Through the Civil Forfeiture Office, property obtained by criminal acts, or used in committing crime, is seized and if the court action is successful, forfeiture is ordered. Examples of forfeited property include vehicles used to commit crime, drug houses, and cash.

Under the Building Alberta Plan, our government is investing in families and communities, living within our means, and opening new markets for Alberta’s resources to ensure we’re able to fund the services Albertans told us matter most to them. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

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