TORONTO, Aug. 26 /CNW/ - "Finally… a positive place in the 'hood where I
can go to be myself, and learn more about building routine and finding
some direction," says S.L., who will be in the first graduating class
from the Prevention Intervention Toronto program.
S.L. is just one of 78 youth who will proudly accept a certificate on
Thursday after spending 36 weeks in a new program, Prevention
Intervention Toronto (P.I.T). The goal of P.I.T. is to assist in and
contribute to reducing the proliferation of gangs in three priority
areas in Toronto: Jane & Finch, Jamestown (Rexdale) and Weston - Mount
Dennis. Over the last 9 months, the youth received job training and
employment opportunities, one-on-one support from a dedicated mentor,
guidance about educational, legal and social service systems, TTC tokens
to get to and from the course, subsidy towards specialized training
(i.e. Forklift, SmartServ, CPR,) and finally, a certificate of
completion for P.I.T. training sessions.
The project, funded by the National Crime Prevention Centre through the
Youth Gang Prevention Fund, is administered by the City of Toronto with
service delivery provided by JVS Toronto.
Orville Wallace, Manager of the P.I.T. program for JVS Toronto, is
incredibly pleased with this group. "I am particularly proud of these
graduates because many of them have reached their goals of Employment,
Housing, Training, and Education. Furthermore, many of them have also
matured in their decision-making and are making wiser decisions with
regards to staying away from negative peer pressure and avoiding
conflict with the law."
78 graduates living in Jane & Finch, Jamestown (Rexdale) and
The graduation of the first Prevention Intervention Toronto (P.I.T.)
North York Civic Centre
Thursday, August 26th, 5:30 p.m.
JVS Toronto is a non-profit organization that was founded over 60 years
ago to assist Jewish immigrants in finding employment after World War
II. Today, the organization works with thousands of people from diverse
backgrounds with diverse needs. JVS Toronto helps clients identify
their strengths and goals, and develop the necessary skills and
knowledge they need to succeed in school, work and life. Since 1947,
this remarkable organization has enabled over 500,000 people to fulfill
SOURCE JVS TORONTO
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