The VPD Cadets completed their recruiting campaign last June and selected 62 new Cadets to join the program, rounding out a total of 90 students this year. The latest Class is the most diverse group yet with students from different ethnic background such as: African Canadian, Caucasian, Chinese, Filipino, First Nations, South Asian, Middle Eastern and other ethnicities.
Over the course of 28 weeks, high school students in Grades 10-12 are mentored by active VPD members in the areas of leadership, teamwork, physical fitness, nutrition, community service, public speaking, communication, résumé building and more. The program takes place both indoors and outdoors and includes two camping weekends.
Cadets are encouraged to participate in various community activities throughout the year such as Remembrance Day, the Santa Claus Parade, Lunar New Year, and The Pulling Together Canoe Journey which is a powerful relationship-building event that brings together Indigenous youth and VPD members.
Best of luck to the VPD Cadets Class 6 and the new program year! We will keep you updated on their progress throughout the year.
The Vancouver Police Foundation is proud to support the VPD Cadets Program with generous contributions from the Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation, Beedie Luminaries, Thiessen Equipment, Highbury Foundation, Summit Foundation, and Eric & Jennifer Martin.