At-risk kids to benefit from anti-gang ERASE program

By Matt Fetinko
March 13, 2019 - 4:06pm Updated: March 13, 2019 - 5:53pm

PRINCE GEORGE — At-risk kids in Prince George will benefit from a gang prevention support program called ERASE. It stands for Expect Respect and a Safe Education and will work to connect youth with positive adult role models.

The $1.12 million investment from the Province will support the program in 12 communities including Prince George. It will focus on high school aged youth who will hear from motivational speakers and, in some cases, people who were directly involved in gangs.

Specific programs may also be developed for some communities through the Boys Club Network, which could soon be opening a Prince George chapter.

In Prince George, gun and gang violence is not as bad as what you'd see in the Lower Mainland, said RCMP. That doesn't mean, though, that northern bc youth and teens aren't susceptible to getting involved, especially under certain socioeconomic conditions.

Training and student education session dates are still unknown for Prince George at this time.

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