As part of a strategy to address gang violence and make communities safer, the British Columbia government will invest $500,000 from civil forfeiture grants into anti-gang programming for youth in Surrey.
The funding will support the Surrey Wraparound program and eliminate the program’s current wait list.
WRAP is a collaborative partnership between the Surrey RCMP, the Surrey school district (SD 36) and the City of Surrey that connects youth who are at risk of joining gangs with outreach workers, teachers, and police.
Surrey Wrap launched in 2009 and has supported more than 500 families and students to change their lives for the better. The program helps at-risk participants aged 11 to 17 to build positive lifestyles and self-worth through a stronger connection to their homes, schools, and community.
B.C. has provided $535,000 to the Surrey Wrap program since 2009, mostly through civil forfeiture grants
Evaluation of the Wrap program has shown a significant decline (67%) in the negative police contacts of participants. There are currently 97 students in the program with 35 students on the wait list.
Mike Farnworth, is the Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General and says “It’s time to target gang violence in our neighbourhoods head-on. Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction.”
You can learn more about the WRAP program here.