The VPD Cadet program is a life-changing youth leadership program for Vancouver students in grades 10-12. This intensive 28-week program teaches tangible life skills with a focus on physical, mental and emotional health and is free to participants thanks to donor support.
The VPD Cadet program runs weekly from September through May. It offers diverse and unique programming that relies on dozens of VPD officers and their specialties.
All programming touches on the five components of complete well-being: mental, physical, emotional, intellectual, social. The program challenges students in ways they’ve never experienced, but that is part of what creates the lasting bonds and memories with the program.
Through mentorship, the Cadet Program guides young people, especially those who live in low-income neighbourhoods, toward a positive future. By embedding a strong sense of leadership in these children, along with scholastic excellence and life skills through fun and engaging programs, the new cadets become empowered leaders in our communities.
The VPD Cadet Program was the vision of Jim Chu during his tenure as Chief Constable of the Vancouver Police Department and is one of his most important legacies. The Cadet Program is completely funded through the Vancouver Police Foundation which means that cost is not a barrier for youth wishing to participate.
The VPF is excited to welcome the 11th Class of Cadets in Sept 2023 and we would like to thank several amazing donors who make this program possible.
Please visit the VPD website for more information on the VPD Cadet program.
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