Deal.org, the RCMP’s for-youth, by-youth national crime prevention program, encourages young people to get involved in their schools and communities and gives them the tools they need to make healthy lifestyle choices. But our Youth Advisory Committee is where their voices can be heard.
We are currently recruiting Canadian students between the ages of 14 and 18 for next year’s committee, which runs September 2009 to June 2010. It requires a commitment of only 2 to 4 hours per month, discussing issues through our fully moderated online forum. Topics have included bullying, drugs, sexuality, discrimination and violence.
The Youth Advisory Committee offers valuable opportunities. After the one-year commitment, members may receive reference letters for jobs, scholarships and university applications. Some high schools also allow students to use the time toward volunteer hours required for graduation. And the most active members may be eligible for a paid trip to Ottawa to further develop their abilities as leaders.
Application forms can be found online at www.deal.org, where you’ll also find more information on the program.