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Students Promoting Safe Schools

mpowered students plan, organize and execute a year-long safe schools initiative in their local schools and communities.
tudents are empowered to take the necessary steps or actions to solve problems specific to their school with the option of utilizing programs or guest speakers, available to them through the Police Coordinator at Community Programs, Youth Services.
artnerships are student led between the Toronto Police Service, the Canadian Safe School Network, ProAction, the City of Toronto, the Toronto District School Board, the Toronto Catholic District School Board, le Conseil scolaire public de district du Centre-Sud-Ouest, and le Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud.

ESP Background

Since its launch in October 2002, over 110 high schools in the greater Toronto area have registered to be a part of the program. Now into our fourth year, ESP has had a positive impact on changing the culture and attitude of the school communities, as well as the overall goal of reducing violence in schools.

• A groundbreaking initiative, ESP is the only program in Canada that is equipped to empower students to develop, initiate and implement school safety programs on this scale. In only its fourth year, ESP has grown to become Canada’s largest student-driven public safety program.

• The ESP Program gives students the opportunity to:

o Gain important experience
o Develop leadership skills
o Demonstrate respect for themselves and for each other
o Cultivate meaningful interaction and understanding
o Create powerful productive partnerships


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