News Feed Item

Let's Keep Children Safe This Summer: CCFC and FYI Join Forces to Prevent Violence and Exploitation

MARKHAM, ON--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - Summer is a great time for children to get outdoors and have fun. At the same time, being on the streets puts children and youth at risk of engaging in, or being a victim of, violent crimes. To help keep children and youth safe, Christian Children's Fund of Canada (CCFC) has launched a campaign called "Free from Violence and Exploitation."

As part of the campaign, CCFC, an international child-centred development organization that helps marginalized children of all faiths achieve their potential, is collaborating with Toronto-based For Youth Initiative (FYI). Together, the two organizations have come up with a list of safety tips to help children and youth enjoy a safer summer vacation.

Five safety tips for children and youth:

  1. Never go anywhere with someone you don't know and trust
  2. Think about the options and consequences of your actions
  3. Stick with friends who are against violence and drugs
  4. Respond to confrontations with your head -- not your fists, threats, or weapons
  5. Report crimes or suspicious actions to your parents and the police

CCFC and FYI both engage in creating leadership opportunities for vulnerable youth and empower them to create better and brighter futures for themselves.

In the Las Torres community of Managua, Nicaragua - known for drug-related violence and fights over gang territory - CCFC supports a youth group called United Youth Thinking and Taking Action (JUPAC) that is helping children ages 13 to 23 engage in positive activities and educational opportunities.

"This anti-violence prevention program engages youth in organizing community events, sports leagues and sessions on child rights, advocating on violence prevention, and it provides a safe environment where children and youth can learn and play, and also gain skills to succeed in life," says Mark Lukowski, Chief Executive Officer, CCFC.

A video about JUPAC is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYBbW2YyFUg.

According to a recent report developed by the For Youth Initiative Youth Anti-Violence Task Force, From Analysis to Action: A Collective Approach to Eliminate Youth Violence in Toronto, the average age of youth charged with violent crimes is 17, and the educational attainment of young offenders newly jailed for the most serious sentences is grade seven. Positive intervention programs are critical to help at-risk children and youth reach their full potential.

CCFC is advocating with governments around the world, including Canada, to explicitly include reduction in violence and exploitation of children as a key priority of the United Nations' post-Millennium Development Goals to reduce global poverty. CCFC is leading the Canadian component of this campaign and is asking Canadians to sign a Free from Violence and Exploitation petition and to share the petition link with family and friends: http://freefromviolence.org/take-action/. More than 50,000 signatures have already been secured; the goal is to achieve 100,000 by September 30, 2015.

CCFC also recently launched an animated video explaining the organization's child protection policy: http://www.ccfcanada.ca/child-protection-policy.html

About Christian Children's Fund of Canada
Christian Children's Fund of Canada is a member of ChildFund Alliance, a worldwide group of 12 child-centred development organizations working in 58 countries to implement long-lasting and meaningful changes for children and families. For more than 50 years, CCFC has been helping children and families of all faiths move from poverty to self-reliance. CCFC supports children and communities in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Nicaragua and Paraguay. Currently, CCFC has over 50,000 children sponsored, benefitting more than 500,000 people around the world.

About For Youth Initiative Toronto
For Youth Initiative provides programs and services to teens and young adults living in low-income neighborhoods in Toronto. Our goal is to end youth poverty by empowering youth with the tools they need to get ahead. We believe all young people deserve the opportunity to create successful futures.

About The Youth Anti-Violence Task Force
The Youth Anti-Violence (YAV) Task Force is a non-partisan, multi-sectoral and city-wide assembly of city leaders. It was convened by For Youth Initiative in November 2012. There are three main goals of the Task Force; Increase the awareness of the complexities of youth violence and why it should matter to every Torontonian. A call for collective action on the part of senior leaders from private, not-for-profit, labour, education, government, law enforcement, as well as youth, parents, and the community as a whole to address the recent rise in youth violence in Toronto. As well publicly share recommendations from the Youth Anti-Violence Report, which summarizes research and evaluations of past solutions, and makes actionable recommendations for policy makers. On November 4, 2013 the Youth Anti-Violence (YAV) Report was officially released. From Analysis To Action: A Collective Approach To Reduce Youth Violence. The report found that all youth need to be free from social isolation, have healthy family wellbeing, as well as strong access to educational and economic opportunities. These are the root causes of youth violence and due to the complex nature of these causes a collective multi-sectoral approach is needed.

Image Available: http://www.marketwire.com/library/MwGo/2014/7/14/11G018200/Images/JUPAC-1081460400764.jpg

Embedded Video Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYBbW2YyFUg.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Successful transition from traditional IT to cloud computing requires three key ingredients: an IT architecture that allows companies to extend their internal best practices to the cloud, a cost point that allows economies of scale, and automated processes that manage risk exposure and maintain regulatory compliance with industry regulations (FFIEC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA). The unique combination of VMware, the IBM Cloud, and Cloud Raxak, a 2016 Gartner Cool Vendor in IT Automation, provides a co...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Numerex Corp, a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT), will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo | @ThingsExpo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Numerex Corp. (NASDAQ:NMRX) is a leading provider of managed enterprise solutions enabling the Internet of Things (IoT). The Company's solutions produce new revenue streams or create operating...
SYS-CON Events announced today that MathFreeOn will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MathFreeOn is Software as a Service (SaaS) used in Engineering and Math education. Write scripts and solve math problems online. MathFreeOn provides online courses for beginners or amateurs who have difficulties in writing scripts. In accordance with various mathematical topics, there are more tha...
The best way to leverage your Cloud Expo presence as a sponsor and exhibitor is to plan your news announcements around our events. The press covering Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo will have access to these releases and will amplify your news announcements. More than two dozen Cloud companies either set deals at our shows or have announced their mergers and acquisitions at Cloud Expo. Product announcements during our show provide your company with the most reach through our targeted audiences.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform and how we integrate our thinking to solve complicated problems. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, will demonstrate how to move beyond today's coding paradigm ...
Although it has gained significant traction in the consumer space, IoT is still in the early stages of adoption in enterprises environments. However, many companies are working on initiatives like Industry 4.0 that includes IoT as one of the key disruptive technologies expected to reshape businesses of tomorrow. The key challenges will be availability, robustness and reliability of networks that connect devices in a business environment. Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) is expected to...
SYS-CON Events announced today that StarNet Communications will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. StarNet Communications’ FastX is the industry first cloud-based remote X Windows emulator. Using standard Web browsers (FireFox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) users from around the world gain highly secure access to applications and data hosted on Linux-based servers in a central data center. ...
OnProcess Technology has announced it will be a featured speaker at @ThingsExpo, taking place November 1 - 3, 2016, in Santa Clara, California. Dan Gettens, OnProcess’ Chief Analytics Officer, will discuss how Internet of Things (IoT) data can be leveraged to predict product failures, improve uptime and slash costly inventory stock. @ThingsExpo is an annual gathering of IoT and cloud developers, practitioners and thought-leaders who exchange ideas and insights on topics ranging from Big Data in...
SYS-CON Events announced today that CDS Global Cloud, an Infrastructure as a Service provider, will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. CDS Global Cloud is an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider specializing in solutions for e-commerce, internet gaming, online education and other internet applications. With a growing number of data centers and network points around the world, ...
Developing software for the Internet of Things (IoT) comes with its own set of challenges. Security, privacy, and unified standards are a few key issues. In addition, each IoT product is comprised of (at least) three separate application components: the software embedded in the device, the back-end service, and the mobile application for the end user’s controls. Each component is developed by a different team, using different technologies and practices, and deployed to a different stack/target –...
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

Data is the fuel that drives the machine learning algorithmic engines and ultimately provides the business value. In his session at Cloud Expo, Ed Featherston, a director and senior enterprise architect at Collaborative Consulting, will discuss the key considerations around quality, volume, timeliness, and pedigree that must be dealt with in order to properly fuel that engine.
Big Data has been changing the world. IoT fuels the further transformation recently. How are Big Data and IoT related? In his session at @BigDataExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will explore the interplay of Big Data and IoT. He will anatomize Big Data and IoT separately in terms of what, which, why, where, when, who, how and how much. He will then analyze the relationship between IoT and Big Data, specifically the drilldown of how the 4Vs of Big Data (Volume, Variety,...