A conference held at the RCMP Depot Division office here in Regina has turned out to be an invaluable learning experience.
15 high school students from across the country, including their law enforcement mentors, attended the RCMP Youth Leadership workshop this past weekend.
One of the attendees was Jaydon Kakswi, a student from the Northwest Territories. He says this workshop was instrumental in helping to develop skills which will make him a better leader in his community.
“I’m going to bring back leadership and positivity,” said Kakswi. “(I’m also going) possibly try to have the youth more out there, more outgoing instead of being cooped up indoors.”
One of the mentors in attendance was Constable Stephanie Leduc from the Inuvik RCMP.
She says the workshop also helps to give the attendees a better sense crime identification and problem solving skills, skills that are very much needed.
“From a police officers’ perspective, it’s important to get our youth involved in the community,” she said. “Youth know what’s going on in the community, there’s only so much we as police can do. But having our support for them as we develop these programs is going to be great.”