The City of Salmon Arm recognizes that one of the critical steps to building a safe and secure community is to strengthen support for its at-risk youth.
In consultation with all of the key stakeholders who work with at-risk youth in Salmon Arm and through funding from Public Safety Canada and the Building Safer Communities Fund, the City of Salmon Arm developed a Gun and Gang Prevention Strategy for 2023-2026.
This inter-agency strategy focuses on increased opportunities for partnership and collaboration among all local organizations that work with at-risk youth.
The following initiatives are included in the strategy:
This Strategy includes the development of the Shuswap Youth Services Collaborative (SYSC) which includes 18 organizations that work with at-risk youth in the Shuswap area. This collaborative meets quarterly to increase awareness, address gaps, reduce barriers, and foster a sense of belonging. Sharing good practices through peer-to-peer learning is another main reason for the development of the SYSC.