Youth Justice Committee benefits local young people

Focusing on youth is important to maintaining a safe and productive community for the future and the Ponoka Youth Centre’s Youth Justice Committee is working toward that goal.

Focusing on youth is important to maintaining a safe and productive community for the future and the Ponoka Youth Centre’s Youth Justice Committee is working toward that goal.

The Youth Justice Committee consists of a group of trained volunteers who work in partnership with local RCMP and the office of the Alberta Solicitor General Correctional Servicces to deal with youth in the community.

The committee allows citizens to work out problems and differences between youth, victims and members of the community while simultaneously outlining and shaping community norms and expectations and providing support.

Beth Reitz, executive director of PYC is pleased to have this service in the community as it gives a different solution to youth issues.

“The Youth Justice Committee provides first time young offenders with an alternative to the formal court process and a possible criminal record by resolving legal conflicts through alternative measures, community service work and meeting with victims and community members,” said Reitz.

The youth centre is in its second year of running this program and Reitz believes that it is successful in its efforts and makes a difference in the community.

“Through our regular interactions with youth through the Ponoka Youth Centre programs and building relationships on many levels, we have found our involvement with this committee to be very beneficial for the youth, as well as the community at large,” she said.

Currently, in Alberta, there are 123 youth justice committees located throughout the province and over 1,500 Albertans volunteer on the committee.

The PYC Youth Justice Committee is currently in need of male volunteers and anyone wishing to become involved or for more information can contact the PYC at 403-783-3112.

Just Posted

Ponoka County fire crews handle second baler fire in 12 hours

Fire crews handled a baler fire just west of Gull Lake

Red Deer RCMP ask for assistance to ID suspect in indecent acts

The suspect exposed himself to a woman and made sexual comments to her

WCPS uses cannabis legislation to fully review drug, alcohol and tobacco policies

Cannabis is not permitted in schools; WCPS focused on providing education and support

Puff, puff, pass: Cannabis is officially legal across Canada

Alberta readies itself for cannabis sales with 17 stores (for now) and a new provincial website

Ponoka mayor & council takes on province for recreation funding

Mayor Rick Bonnett wants school requisition for three years

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Canada not sending anyone to Saudi business summit

Sources insist Ottawa never intended to dispatch a delegation this time around

Earthquake early-warning sensors installed off coast of B.C.

The first-of-its kind warning sensors are developed by Ocean Networks Canada

VPD ordered to co-operate with B.C. police watchdog probe

According to the IIO, a court is ordering Vancouver police to co-operate with an investigation into a fatal shooting

Canada’s top general takes aim at new reports of military sexual assault

Gen. Jonathan Vance is unhappy some troops continue to ignore his order to cease all sexual misconduct

Trio of Saint Bernard find their ‘forever home’ after story goes viral

Edmonton Humane Society had put out the call to adopt Gasket, Gunther and Goliath

Nova Scotia fixes online workaround of age requirement for cannabis sales

The problem popped up hours after the use of cannabis became legal

Carr, Morneau off to China next month to deepen commerce

Carr says Canada and China aren’t embarking on formal free trade talks

Most Read