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September 28, 2009 10:31 ET

Government of Canada Funds Crime Prevention Effort in Niagara Region

Program to offer at-risk youth life skills to make better choices

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2009) - Today, Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Van Loan, Minister of Public Safety, announced federal support of over $4.7 million for a local project that will help at-risk youth in the Niagara Region of Ontario.

"Our government is committed to keeping our communities safe," said Mr. Dykstra. "The funding announced today clearly demonstrates our commitment to taking action to prevent crime. We are providing resources to support programs that help at-risk youth make better choices and avoid negative influences."

Through the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the Government of Canada is providing over $4.7 million to implement the Niagara Region SNAP® for Schools program. This evidence-based project will help at-risk youth who are showing signs of aggression, impulsivity and low achievement in school.

The program introduces youth to alternatives to the use of violence, aggressive behaviour, and internal anger by increasing emotional awareness and the ability to stop and think through positive alternatives before taking action. The project will also address mental health issues among youth and offer counselling and other support services to participating youth and their parents.

About the National Crime Prevention Strategy:

The National Crime Prevention Strategy is administered by Public Safety Canada. The Strategy provides funding support to selected projects that help prevent crime and increase knowledge about what works in crime prevention.

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