The Brockville Police Service is pleased to announce they have received $75,000 from the Civil Remedies Grant Program from the Ministry of the Attorney General for the launch of Connections, a new community based program.

Building a healthy and safe community is a key mission of the Brockville Police Service. As such, we are always trying to work with our community partners to identify times where we can have earlier interventions, engage with youth and keep them from coming in contact with the criminal justice system. A common factor among youth in the justice system is that they have been suspended or expelled from school at one time.

Connections’ programs provide a supervised, supported, and safe environment where youth can build life skills, increase personal success, practice responsible behavior, and become more engaged in the community.

We are providing a support for youth who have been in trouble at school and need some help to get back on the right track.

Short-Term Day Program (grades 6-12): 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

Throughout the day, staff provides support for schoolwork, life and social skills, recreation, and access to a variety of artistic outlets. Support staff also has put a strong emphasis on helping youth make meaningful connections to various community support services.

After School Program: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm

The afterschool program targets youth leaders in our community. The programs are student led with the assistance of adult mentors. The leaders are paid to run the programs that other youth are interested in. The programs are for our grade 6-12 students and activities range from private French tutoring, homework clubs, sports, music lesson, art lessons, dungeons and dragons club, improv club and more.

Connections’ Community Partners include; Youth Opportunity in the Arts, Bethel Christian Reformed Church, Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario, Upper Canada District School Board, RNJ Youth Services, YMCA, Employment Education Centre, Children’s Mental Heath of Leeds Grenville, and  Lanark Leeds Grenville Addictions and Mental Health.