16 youths from across the country are now heading home after completing the 2018 RCMP Youth Leadership Workshop in Regina.
A closing ceremony was held to mark the occasion yesterday.
The youths, in grades nine through 12, spent the last few days with a RCMP police mentor from their respective communities, learning several skills, such as identifying youth crime and vicitmization issues through interactive and educational sessions.
One of those youths attending the workshop was 17 year old Naseer Fazil, from Burnaby, a city in the Metro Vancouver area.
He said the workshop was a valuable learning experience.
“Just practicing my self-control and I’ll tell other youths ‘if you want to be successful in life, always control yourself.'”
Attending with Fazil was Jean Philippe Dupont, a constable in the RCMP detachment in Burnaby and a mentor.
In the last year, he focused more on work with youth and when he found out about the workshop, Dupont said he wanted to be part of it.
“It’s almost like a humbling experience, I feel like I’m not doing much,” he noted. “Yet, we see the passion, we see how they connect with each other, how they develop themselves so quickly in a week.”