December 04, 2019

Government Supporting Education And Employment Opportunities For Vulnerable Youth

The Ministry of Corrections and Policing is working with Regina Public Schools to support at-risk youth.

The ministry is providing $87,000 to Scott Collegiate’s Pathways program, a prevention-based initiative that helps vulnerable youth transition from high school into meaningful employment opportunities.  The funding will be directed toward a new position that will co-ordinate employment opportunities for students.

“The goal of this program is to increase student engagement and ultimately help young people find opportunities for employment after they graduate from high school,” Corrections and Policing Minister Christine Tell said.  “Engaging vulnerable youth early is key to helping them successfully transition into adulthood.”

The program increases students’ attachment to their education, provides training opportunities to increase their employability and provides them with information on potential post-secondary opportunities.  Some of the specific sectors the Pathways program focuses on include construction, tourism and hospitality, and communications and media.

“The Pathways approach is about providing meaningful and relevant opportunities for students,” Regina Public Schools Director of Education Greg Enion said.  “This new position is a critical step in connecting with our communities to provide students with access to training, skill acquisition, resume building, and other necessary life and career skills.”

The Pathways program is integrated in the curriculum at Scott Collegiate at mâmawêyatitân centre in Regina.

This initiative aligns with the province’s Gang Violence Reduction Strategy and supports the Saskatchewan Growth Plan 2020-2030 by helping vulnerable individuals and creating safer, healthier communities.