Odd Squad’s On Track – Press Release

For Immediate Release           

(Vancouver, BC) – Empowering youth to become role models for their peers and mentors for the younger generations to come- the motto for the Odd Squad Productions Society’s (OSP) annual peer mentoring workshop.

On Saturday, April 28, 2012, forty Grade 10 students nominated across the Lower Mainland will engage in this one-day interactive workshop with volunteer officers from the Vancouver Police Department and Odd Squad Productions Society, a non-profit organization dedicated to prevention education for youth. An exceptional learning program, ON TRACK exposes participants to the harsh realities of drug use, addiction, and criminal lifestyle through interactions with police officers and street-entrenched people. Youth walk away educated with lifelong lessons that enable them to mentor their peers through school presentations about the realities they have learned.

Agenda

  • Saturday, April 28th 2012 from 10 AM – 10 PM: Interactive workshop at the new VPD Tactical Training Centre in downtown Vancouver
  • Welcome by VPD Chief Jim Chu
  • Morning presentations dedicated to gang and drug awareness by expert squad members
  • Afternoon interaction with emergency response (ERT), dog squad training, and Marine Squad boat rides
  • Late afternoon participation in a VPD Judo Club class
  • Evening walk-about escorted by beat officers on the DTES
  • May 2012: Students are required to make a presentation to fellow students in association with a mentor (school counsellor/teacher or School Liaison Officer)
  • Thursday, June 7th, 2012: Participants will be honoured as Youth Ambassadors and awarded medals at the 2012 Odd Squad Gala Fundraiser at the Vancouver Convention Centre. This year’s gala celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Odd Squad.

With disturbing statistics, such as “60% of illicit drug users are between 15 to 24 years old”, there is a critical need to be proactive and protect youth. Odd Squad Productions Society educates young adults through documentaries, educational presentations and peer mentoring workshops. In 2010/2011 Odd Squad reached 38,000+ people with 372 presentations. Independently funded, OSP relies on corporate and private funding to sustain their mission.

For detailed event information, contact Valerie Adamson at valerie@oddsquad.com or by phone at 604.408.9945.

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About Odd Squad Productions

Odd Squad Productions Society (OSP) is an independent, non-profit organization that was founded by volunteer members of the Vancouver Police Department in 1997. Having developed a unique approach to community policing, crime prevention and public education, Odd Squad generates funding through donations and grants with the mission of “empowering youth to make positive life choices about drug use and criminal behaviour through documentaries and education”.

These donations fund educational presentations, peer mentoring workshops and award-winning documentaries, such as ‘Gangs and Guns’– a film that probes the inner workings of criminal minds. The film explores the gang culture, revealing how they are structured, how the leaders target new recruits, and how the OSP has created and executed prevention/intervention strategies for youth at risk.

Odd Squad travels to schools and community centres in Vancouver, across the Lower Mainland, around B.C., and into the North West Territories and Nunavut.

For more information on the OSP, visit www.oddsquad.com or follow the OSP team at @OddSquadProd and on Facebook.

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