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article imageCops and teens SAIL for KICKS in Toronto Special

By KJ Mullins     Jul 30, 2012 in World
Toronto - This week 11 kids living in Toronto's Jane and Finch neighbourhoods, one of the most dangerous areas in the city, will be sailing on Lake Ontario as part of the SAIL for KICKS program.
The three day sailing event is part of Toronto Police's Cops and Kids program. Created by members of the 31 Division Neighbourhood TAVIS Initiative, the Toronto Police Service Marine Unit and community partners Broad Reach Sailing Foundations, HMCS York and the National Yacht
Club it's allowing the teens a chance to learn the joy of sailing while building leadership skills.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Heading to where the kids are from Toronto's Marine Unit
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Constable Rob Griffin said at today's launch that this is just one of several programs at his Division that has cops and kids working together to build a strong community. Today is the first time kids from his Division have been part of the SAIL program but it won't be the last. TAVIS cops are working hard to find new ways to break down barriers with area kids in high-risk neighbourhoods. The programs like today's SAIL adventure not only helps the kids with leadership skills it begins a bond with the officers they work with.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Lake Ontario in Toronto
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That bond with officers can make all the difference for some youth. One young man I spoke with is going to York University with big dreams, dreams that wouldn't have been there had it not been for a bond he formed with a TAVIS cop three years ago.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Lake Ontario
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Another young woman was excited about the job skills that this week's program is offering her. A chance to be able to work on the water is her goal for the week. She said that this opportunity was one that is not offered to a lot of kids and is thankful to be in the program.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Sail boat on Lake Ontario, viewed from the TPS Marine Unit boat
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids.
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Sgt Stephen Hicks,, 31 Division, is one of those who is part of this week's event. He has been in other Cops and Kids programs and sees the difference it makes with teens in his Division. He didn't have to say how much of a difference though when one of the boys came up to him for a hug. The look of pride on his face told the full story. These cops care for their kids and the kids love them for it.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Relaxing on the water.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Heading out.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. The kids getting ready to sail
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. The kids hoist the sails.
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. Time for safety
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SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups  TAVIS and 31 Division cop...
SAIL for Kicks is a Proaction program in Toronto joining community groups, TAVIS and 31 Division cops and kids. The kids welcome us in.
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S.A.I.L. for KICKS = Self Awareness In Life. The For KICKS program has been operating for over nine years and is geared to enhance youth development in gross and fine motor skills, language, community and self−help skills.
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