The Manitoba government is increasing its annual investment into the Selkirk Team for At-Risk Teens (START) program by $50,000.
The program co-ordinates social service agencies, police and community organizations to prevent crime and support at-risk youth and their families.
“START continues to make a measurable difference for young people and their families because the people and agencies involved take the time to identify and address root issues,” said Justice Minister Heather Stefanson.
Last year, START worked with 47 clients aged 11-20, with an average age of 15. After three years, 93 percent of youth have had either reduced or no contact with law enforcement.
Stefanson noted this funding is in addition to an $11,000 annual grant to START that has been in place for several years. START has been working in the Selkirk community for 15 years and receives funding and in-kind support from the RCMP, Lord Selkirk School Division, Justice Canada, Interlake Child and Family Services, the City of Selkirk and Rural Municipality of St. Clements.