Church Partners Help Youth

By 32 Division,
Toronto Police Service
Published: 2:26 p.m. November 25, 2016

Officers in 32 Division have partnered with North York churches to make a difference in the lives of young people.

Two men in TPS uniform with a girl
Superintendent Sam Fernandes, bursary recipient Saida Mohammed and Constable Mir Lodi
  • Two men in TPS uniform with a girl
  • A man in TPS uniform at a podium in front of an audience
  • A man speaking to teenage boys with basketballs in a gym
  • Men and boys lined up in a gym

The Milal Korean Church sponsored bursaries for two young people in the community chosen by the Division.

One of the Church’s directors, Danny Yoon, who also sits on the 32 Division Community Police Liaison Committee, invited the Division to recommend students from at-risk neighbourhoods pursuing post-secondary education deserving of the bursary awards.

Neighbourhood Officers chose Lawrence Heights residents Shaida Mohammed and Khalid Sheikhomar, who are working to degrees at Ryerson and York universities. They received their bursaries on Nov. 20, where Superintendent Sam Fernandes was able to thank the congregation for their support of the community.

In another program, 32 Division Constables Riaz Ebrahim, Trumaine Jackson and Mustafa Popalzai  have organized a series of basketball workshops with youth that attend The Peoples Church on Sheppard Ave. E. 

The  youth, who join are from various  parts of the city, are coached, mentored on their school studies and encouraged to get involved in extra-curricular activities in their community. These officers have been successful in enticing a large amount of youth to participate. 

“It clearly demonstrates the officers commitment to the TPS core values of interacting with our youth and dedication to volunteerism , as all the secessions are done outside their work hours or on days off,” Fernandes said.

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