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Vancouver Police Foundation Feature Blog - Her Time Girls Program (2/2)

Part 2 of a 2 part series.

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl with Vancouver Police Foundation:

To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the International Day of the Girl, the Vancouver Police Foundation shifted their focus to our very own exceptional female VPD officers. Her Time’s launch is a groundbreaking program that aims to prevent adolescent and adult women from joining gang life, and support those seeking to leave it behind. This is the first part of the two part series.

In part two, they take a closer look at the impact Her Time is having, not only thousands of girls and women everywhere, but also on co-founders Sandy and Anisha as well.

Her Time was created in response to the surge of young women involved in gangs and organized crime, "Her Time" was founded to address the lack of education and resources available to females in this position. This program is dedicated to empowering women who are caught up in gang life by providing them with valuable information on the dangers and consequences of such involvement.

Created by Detective Anisha Myette and Sergeant Sandy Avelar, "Her Time" is run by two frontline detectives who have personal experience in handling gang crimes. Women who have successfully left organized crime are also involved in this initiative, sharing their stories and experiences to help young girls and women who may be at risk.

"Her Time" offers an after-school program for girls, as well as presentations for various organizations including law enforcement agencies, colleges, high schools, public health agencies, and service industries. This is the only female-led and female-focused program of its kind in British Columbia, Canada.

The Pillars of the Her Time Program:

  • Relationships

  • Health

  • Financial Independence

  • Goals & Dreams

  • Safety

If you would like to donate to Her Time, or any other VPD-initiated community program, please donate online or call them at 604.717.3700. Gifts of all sizes can make a difference.

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