Mr. Speaker, I want to tell the House about a great youth project in my riding of St. Catharines. It is a Youth Services Canada project sponsored by the Niagara Regional Police Service.
Fifteen young people worked with the Niagara police to promote community safety and crime prevention while learning work related skills. These young people worked in classroom and community settings. They visited malls, schools and seniors' homes to promote community safety with projects like Neighbourhood Watch, Lock It or Lose it and Combat Auto Theft.
They also improved their life and work skills through education in first aid, problem solving, team building, budgeting, writing résumés, job interviews and more.
The young people say they have gained greater self-esteem, self-confidence, people skills and an opportunity to succeed. This project is a great example of government, police and young Canadians working together to make their communities better and giving youth vital skills for the future.
Congratulations to Chief Waddell, project co-ordinator Constable Tim Whittle, everyone at the Niagara Regional Police Service and the 15 young people on a job well done.