Surrey gang prevention program receives annual funding

Students participating in the Wrap Program demonstrate some of the activities that help them (Lauren MacFarland/BCIT News)

The Surrey Wraparound (Wrap) Program will receive an annual funding of $500, 000 from the provincial government.

The program aims to keep at-risk youth in school and away from gang life, through various extracurricular activities.

“The Wrap Program provides counselling, recreational activities, mentoring, substance abuse and mental health assistance  when needed. Life skills, job placement, you name it.” – Premiere John Horgan

Funding for the Wrap Program was doubled to $500, 000 this past August, but today’s announcement makes the annual funding permanent.

The program identifies young adults at risk of joining gangs and connects them with mentors, teachers, and police. According to the provincial government, Wrap has helped more than 500 families over the past 8 years. Because demand for the program is high, the students are put on waitlists. The permanent funding will help ease this.

Wrap Program is part of a series of initiatives to help cut off the flow illicit drugs, and gun and gang violence.

With files from Lauren MacFarland