PRINCE GEORGE – The Step In/Step Up program is receiving a civil forfeiture grant of $174,825, which is part of the record $5.5 million in provincial grants awarded to various organizations. This year’s total funding of $6.1 million from the Ministry of Justice is the highest provided to organizations in the history of the program.
How Step In/Step Up will work:
- This multi-dimensional program involves four distinct facets:
- A social media campaign.
- An interactive youth forum each year of the project directed at youth currently involved in or at-risk of involvement in gang activity.
- Creating a volunteer council comprised of youth planning for youth.
- A gang summit that aims to bring awareness and focus to the issue of gang violence.
“It’s always great to see things come full circle like this. When we can take the proceeds of crime and use it to help at-risk youth, we’re capitalizing on the silver lining of very unfortunate situations and helping those who need it the most.”
- Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Pat Bell
“The civil forfeiture program sends a strong message that crime doesn’t pay in British Columbia. It allows us to take the proceeds of crime and support innovative programs like Step In/Step Up. What better way to use this money than on gang prevention activities.”
- Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond
Learn more about the Civil Forfeiture Grants at: