The first of a series of luncheons working to connect local leaders with Regina’s at-risk youth took place at the provincial legislature last week.
These luncheons will be held throughout the year with each one featuring a different local leader, and Tuesday’s luncheon at the Saskatchewan legislature kicked off with Education Minister Don Morgan.
One of Morgan’s topic’s was the importance of listening to friends and peers.
“Trying to be a better friend isn’t something that just happens by being there, sometimes it happens by making a concious effort to look at your friends and try to understand what’s going on in their life,” Morgan told the crowd.
Inspector Lorilee Davies with the Regina Police Service said speaking to at-risk youth as an everyday individual before a police officer is vital.
“Anytime that you can create that one-on-one or when a child can call you by your first name, it speaks volumes — even for them to be able to go back to their families and say that they had a positive interaction with a police officer,” said Davies.
She added that showing youth they don’t have to be fearful of police officers can be a big step in inspiring youth to become future community leaders.
Regina Crime Stoppers and the Regina Intersectoral Partnership are teaming up with Conexus Credit Union to host the luncheons.