Youth Sports and Outreach

The Vancouver Police Department has a number of youth outreach programs that encourage good citizenship and provide an alternative to involvement in crime, gangs and drugs.

Outreach programs involve VPD officers from the Youth Services Section, Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section, and front line officers, as well as our community partners.

ARCAccess Recreation and Culture Youth Program (ARC)

ARC is a mentorship program for Indigenous youth who want to pursue a career in the criminal justice system. This program utilizes recreation and Indigenous culture to build resilience in youth participants and to assist them in obtaining their career goals. This initiative is made possible by the Vancouver Police Foundation and the BC Civil Forfeiture Office.

Gang Tackle
Gang Tackle

This event brings together professional athletes, UBC Thunderbird alumni, police officers, and at-risk youth to play flag football. Following the games, athletes give strategic talks, and former gang members discuss the myths and realities of gang life. The goal is to show students the consequences of poor choices, and to build bridges with kids who rarely talk to police or participate in school activities.


Here 4 PeersHere4Peers

Here4Peers is a youth-driven initiative, involving teams of specially trained high school students giving interactive workshops on mental health awareness to Vancouver School Board Grade 7 students. The goal is to increase awareness of coping tools, improve access to resources, and reduce the stigma of mental health issues.



VPD Aboriginal CadetsIndigenous Cadet Program

Each summer, the VPD runs the Indigenous Cadet Program. Cadets, aged 19 to 29, have Aboriginal ancestry, and spend time working in the Department's fleet services, and other sections. The hope is that cadets may one day become VPD officers. The program is funded by the Aboriginal Community Career Employment Services Society (ACCESS).


This award-winning program promotes the social inclusion of young people from the Downtown Eastside. Naskarz participants learn automotive skills by restoring old vehicles, and take part in social and educational opportunities.

New Kids Vancouver: Youth Police AcademyNew Kids

High school is tough enough -- especially in a new country, with a new language and social customs. These vulnerabilities can sometimes put teen refugees and immigrants on the wrong path. The Diversity & Indigenous Relations Section and the Vancouver School Board, with funding from the Vancouver Police Foundation, developed a program to help these youth navigate through this difficult transition, and deter them from gang involvement and criminal behaviour, by helping them develop a sense of identity and belonging.

The Vancouver Police Department’s NewKids Police Academy (Newkids Program) supports new immigrant and refugee youth in developing a sense of identity and belonging. The program focuses on educating and creating awareness around law enforcement through peer and police mentorship to avert the risk of, for example negative or criminal involvement, gang recruitment and victimization around bullying and online/school harassment to name a few.

In sharing these experiences with other youth like themselves, newcomers and refugee youth are given a chance to form positive relationships with police and peers in the program.

The program aims to unite youth through fun and engaging experiences that promote social justice, healthy lifestyles, and issues of identity, integration and adaptation, bullying and violence prevention. The NewKids Program is more than just a program for these youth; it is a life-changing experience.

VPD Basketball Association
Night Hoops Basketball

At-risk youth are offered a chance to grow and learn in a supervised and supportive environment, taking part in late-night basketball programming. VPD officers volunteer to participate in the games and mentor the youth. The Vancouver Police Foundation funds the program.

Learn more about the Vancouver Police Basketball Association.

Project BreakawayProject Breakaway

Project Breakaway is a ball hockey initiative developed for Grade 10 to 12 students at David Thompson Secondary School. Practice drills, exercises, and scrimmages take place twice a month at the Sunset Community Centre, fostering positive police-youth relationships. At-risk youth engage with police officers through sport, allowing students to build self-esteem, maintain motivation for a healthy lifestyle, and encourage involvement in community activities.


Project Jiwani

South Asian high school students in Grades 10 to 12 develop social, academic, and career goals in this initiative. Their meetings including professionals from the community, including teachers, nurses, and the trades, who share their stories and provide mentorship.

Project Mesh

Project Mesh

This annual event includes about 200 kids from four elementary schools taking part in a sports day in June. They learn about healthy lifestyle choices, while having fun and interacting with police officers.



Pulling Together Canoe Journey

The Pulling Together Canoe Journey is a program that aims to eliminate prejudice and stereotypes between government agencies, including the VPD, and Indigenous Peoples. The annual summer canoe journey aims to recognize the past and enhance understanding by having participants “pulling together” along traditional highways, strengthening future relationships.


RestART is a partnership between the VPD, the City of Vancouver, and the Grandview-Woodland Community Policing Centre. It brings together police with artistic kids who have been involved in criminal activity. They learn about restorative justice, and skills to help them be successful with future goals. Artwork created by the RestART participants can be seen wrapping electrical boxes throughout the city.


Share a Meal

Members of the Community Response Unit, and our Ministry of Children and Family Decelopment partners, including social workers, and youth probation officers, participate in the Sharm a Meal program to help at-risk youth. The teams offer food vouchers, provided by the Vancouver Police Foundation, to share both a meal and a conversation.

VPD Student ChallengeStudent Challenge

The VPD Student Challenge is a nine-day mini-police academy for 48 lucky Vancouver students over Spring Break. The students spend time in the classroom learning about legal studies and human relations, and have presentations from the VPD's specialty sections, like the Canine Unit, Homicide, Drugs, and the Forensic Identification Unit. They wrap up with a stay at an area ranch, with physical and team-building challenges. This program is funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation.


The Ross Council

This initiative began after parents approached the Khalsa Diwan Society Community Policing Centre with concerns about some of the activities their children were involved in. Constable Terry Parmar works with at-risk boys, running a homework club and community events like food drives and clean-ups, as well as preparing for the annual Vaisakhi Parade.

Turning Point

This anti-gang program provides education and strong alternative choices for at-risk youth who are vulnerable to becoming involved in the drug trade or gangs. Students are given real-life examples of how drugs and gang life can negatively impact their lives.

Vancouver Police Athletic League
Vancouver Police Athletic League (PAL)

This youth crime prevention initiative uses athletic, recreational, and educational programs to foster positive rapport and mutual trust between police officers and youths. Current VPD Police Athletic League activities throughout Vancouver include basketball games, soccer camps, running clubs, and rugby camps.

VPD Cadets
VPD Cadet Program

Being a teenager in today’s world isn’t easy. Teens have to constantly make decisions that could affect them their entire lives – and sometimes it may be difficult figuring out which way to turn. The VPD Cadet Program is a year-long mentorship program aimed at helping youth build the skills necessary to handle conflict and become a leader in their community. The program is funded by the Vancouver Police Foundation.


VPD Musqueam Basketball Camp

Since 2010, this camp has been held at the Musqueam Reserve, enhancing the positive work by the VPD and fostering the relationship, understanding, and trust we have with the Musqueam community.


Windermere Run Club

This club provides a supportive and welcoming running environment for Grade 8 to 12 students at Windemere Secondary Schooll. Led by VPD officers, the kids learn to overcome personal challenges, as they develop positive relationships with VPD officers. The Vancouver Police Foundation funds the club.


Youth Connect

Youth Connect

This annual day-long symposium is designed to give high school students a forum to discuss trends, such as consent, diversity, healthy relationships, personal safety, and safe dating.




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Vancouver Police Foundation

The Vancouver Police Department is very fortunate to have the Vancouver Police Foundation funding many of our youth outreach initiatives.

Learn more about the Foundation and the programs they support.

Vancouver Police Foundation

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