What separates CeaseFire from other crime-prevention programs is it’s based on a public-health model. Slutkin, a professor of epidemiology and international health at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health and executive director of CeaseFire, came up with the idea in the mid-1990s after treating infectious diseases such as tuberculosis and AIDS in San Francisco and in Africa.
Leslie Spillett, executive director of inner-city agency Ka Ni Kanichihk, said for a program like CeaseFire to work in Winnipeg, it would need dedicated funding for a long period of time.
WHY THE 5ish?
This is no typical 5km run! There’s only one place to cross the river on the classic Wolseley/Wellington loop and that’s at Omand’s Creek. Our route is about 5.5 km so it’s a little different and sure to be memorable. The 5ish is also raising money for a great cause and there will be plenty of food after you cross the finish line!
WHERE IS THE 5ish?
The 5ish starts at Mulvey School at the corner of Maryland Street and Wolseley Avenue. There is plenty of street parking and we are working with neighbourhood businesses to secure additional parking on their lots.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
$25 Registration Fee (includes T-shirt and post-run neighbourhood BBQ)
Please note there is a $3 processing fee for registering online.
THE BEST NEWS YET!
Proceeds from the West Broadway 5ish Fun Run will go to West Broadway Youth Outreach (WBYO), an after-school and summer recreation program for core-area children. WBYO works to create a safe, positive and fun environment that keeps kids off the street during peak after-school and evening hours. At WBYO, all programming is free and children have access to nutritious snacks and a variety of regular educational, athletic and creative activities.
WANT TO FUNDRAISE?
Help us fundraise for WBYO by collecting pledges. Set-up a donation page online or firstname.lastname@example.org and request a pledge form. A charitable tax receipt will be issued for all donations of $25 or more.
Race Kit Pickup:
- Friday, June 3, 2011
10:00am – 4:00pm
West Broadway Youth Outreach
203-222 Furby Street
- Saturday, June 4, 2011
11:00am – 3:00pm
Running Room Kenaston
1875 Grant Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3N 1Z2
Ph: (204) 487-7582
Click here to view map
- Sunday, June 5, 2011 (Run Day)
9:00am – 9:30am
(Corner of Maryland and Wolseley
Participants of this event will receive a FREE T-Shirt!
Unisex Sizes: S, M, L, XL, XXL, Youth XS, Youth S, Youth M, Youth L
Proceeds of this event go to the West Broadway Youth Outreach
For Immediate Release
Youth Gang Prevention: Real Commitment Needed
The John Howard Society of Manitoba is calling on all parties to commit to planned, consistent and renewable support for Youth Gang Prevention. This is of particular concern in Winnipeg, where five youth gang prevention programs have been facing the loss of federal funding for months. Despite several last minute promises made by government in the media, current funding came to an end yesterday without any new funding in place. “Youth gangs and the issues they create have not gone away; and programs like these are still critically important. But these programs need a long-term, sustainable commitment from government so that their workers can make commitments of their own to the youth and the communities they serve”, observed David Alper, Chairperson of the John Howard Society ofManitoba. “As of today, funding has run out. Even if money is put back in place in the future, every day the doors are closed makes the job of keeping kids out of gangs that much harder.”
“Without these programs, these kids will end up in the Youth Centre, and from there, move into the adult correctional system. Why wait for that to happen?” Alper asks.
The John Howard Society is calling on all parties to make ongoing and renewable funding for community based gang prevention programs across Canada a top priority. The average annual cost of each of Winnipeg’s five programs is about $150,000, and they serve up to 15 to 20 youth at a time. By comparison, this is less than what taxpayers spend to keep two people in prison for a year.
“The math seems pretty clear. Spend a dime now to keep a youth out of trouble, or spend a dollar to send him or her to prison once damage has been done and victims created” observed John Hutton, Executive Director of the John Howard Society of Manitoba. “The Winnipeg programs have all demonstrated their effectiveness. What they and programs across the country need is for the next government, whoever that is, to make a clear and ongoing commitment to adequately support youth gang prevention on a multi-year basis.”
For more info call:
In English – John Hutton, JHSM 775-1415 (315)
en francais – David Alper, 237-1818 (438)
October, 2006: Youth Gang Prevention Fund receives Treasury Board approval, $33.6 million
May, 2008: Five Winnipeg programs up and running with some of this funding.
Funding set to run out January 31st, 2011 and March 31st, 2011
September, 2008: Intensive evaluation of all five programs begins
January, 2011: One Winnipeg program is wrapped up as funding runs out. Some participants begin to get into trouble
February, 2011: $300,000 Program Evaluation Report by Proactive Information Service complete
March 15th, 2011: Prime Minister announces Youth Gang Prevention Fund renewal, $37.5 million
March 16th, 2011: The process/funding for existing programs unclear, program coordinators have no direct confirmation
March 21st, 2011: Budget Day
March 22nd, 2011: The Office of the Minister of Public Safety announces bridge funding for the existing programs so they continue operating while new application process is made clear
March 24th, 2011: Program coordinators have a conference call with the National Crime Prevention Centre and are given no such assurances. More program participants begin to drop out.
March 28th, 2011: Minister of Public Safety Toews announces $900,000 for the five programs was approved prior to government falling: “The support we are announcing today shows that we are serious about reducing crime and providing at-risk youth with the tools they need to make smart choices.”
March 29th, 2011: Programs still have had no direct confirmation, only informed through media.
March 31st, 2011: Existing funding ends with no confirmation of new funding in place. Fate of programs uncertain.
Assistant Executive Director
The John Howard Society of Manitoba, Inc.
583 Ellice Ave.
(204) 775-1514 ext. 318
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 22, 2011 A4
OTTAWA — Community groups in Winnipeg were quietly celebrating Monday after getting a funding reprieve from the federal government on their youth anti-crime programs.
Dozens of at-risk kids were preparing to lose their support systems and at least 20 jobs were on the line in Manitoba alone when funding from the Youth Gang Prevention Fund was set to run out March 31.
But the five community organizations in Winnipeg that received funding from the YGPF got word from the office of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews Monday that they’d be getting bridge funding to keep their doors open.
“We were told not to lay anyone off,” said one community worker, who asked not to be identified.
The YGPF helped more than a dozen projects nationwide, with the five in Winnipeg sharing $3.1 million since 2007.
The program was set to expire next week but Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced March 15 it would be extended for the next five years with $37.5 million. His announcement excited Winnipeg operators of five programs but there were no details provided about who would receive the money and if any of the existing programs would be able to keep operating.
As a result, most of the programs were preparing to close up shop anyway, at least temporarily.
Now they’re not.
A Toews office spokesman told the Free Press Monday the government is developing a way to continue funding programs operating now so they don’t have to interrupt their operations.
The Winnipeg programs generally target youth who have already been in trouble with the law by offering help with everything from education and job training to food and housing. They also offer alternatives to kids who had turned to the street life, including sports programs and family dinners.
The programs have shown impressive success rates.
Last week, Leslie Spillett, executive director of Ka Ni Kanichihk, said none of the more than 75 teenage aboriginal boys who’d come through the Circle of Courage program had broken the law since joining the program.
— Mia Rabson
PM renews anti-gang funds
Will get $37.5M over five years
The Youth Gang Prevention Fund will be renewed with $37.5 million over the next five years, Harper announced in British Columbia. The fund was created in 2007 and was set to expire at the end of this month forcing the closure of more than a dozen anti-gang programs nationwide.
Four of the programs are in Winnipeg. A fifth received a reprieve last fall with funding from the City of Winnipeg.
None of the community organizations running those programs had any clue about the renewed funding until contacted by the Free Press. Officials were thrilled but cautious as it is still uncertain exactly how it will affect them.
“I’m shaking I’m so excited,” said Liz Wolff, program manager at New Directions.
New Directions runs Oasis, a program for refugees and kids aged 12 to 21 from wartorn countries who are already in gangs or are at risk of joining one and have already been in trouble with the law. Wolff said the program has 12 active kids right now and about 34 have already gone through it.
“The success with these kids has been unbelievable,” she said. “These kids have been able to turn their lives around. The recidivism rate is very low.”
But Wolff has no idea if the fund renewal means Oasis will automatically get new funding, if it will have to reapply or when it will find out.
As it stands now, five staff members will be laid off at the end of March and the dozen kids currently in the program will be turned away.
Leslie Spillett, executive director at Ka Ni Kanichihk is also thrilled but wary.
“I’m really delighted,” she said. “How it impacts us directly, I don’t have the detail.”
Harper’s announcement only gave the bare bones of the commitment. His office directed further questions to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews. Toews’ spokesman said further details will be announced “soon.”
The federal budget will be introduced March 21 and details on how the fund will be dispersed likely won’t come until after that.
Together the five programs in Manitoba shared $3.1 million over the last three years. They targeted youth who have already been in trouble and are in or are at risk of joining gangs.
Spillett said Circle of Courage has had tremendous success and a review shows none of the more than 75 aboriginal teenage boys who have come through the program have committed another crime.
“We’re keep young people out of the criminal justice system, we’re keeping children out of gangs,” said Spillett.
Spillett gave notice to five staff they will be laid off March 31 but has extended the lease on their property by one month in the hopes Ottawa would come through.
She said she really hopes they won’t have to go back through an application process but is glad the government clearly got the message these programs are valuable.
“This is a government that has listened to us,” she said.
NDP MP Pat Martin harassed the government for weeks to renew the funding and was happy Tuesday. But he said the government waiting until the last minute to announce when programs are shutting down and laying people off “irresponsible and reckless”
“I don’t understand this game of chicken,” he said. “Is there an intention to allow the programs to die out and start over? You don’t turn programs off and on like a light switch…