VIP (Values, Influences and Peers) Program was started as a pilot project in 1986 in two Grade 6 Guelph schools through the support of School principal and former Kiwanis Bob Waddell, in concert with Guelph Police Services and both Boards of Education. Eleven classroom lessons were presented by the teacher, and 3-4 lessons from a full time Police Officer. The program was expanded in 2008 to include Grades 7 and 8 to address Internet safety and related issues. This project has been sponsored all this time by the Kiwanis Club of Guelph, Guelph Police Services and both Boards of Ed. Co-operators’ Insurance is also a long-time sponsor. Currently Guelph Toyota donates the use of a vehicle for Constable Atilla Korga. Robinson Buick GMC and Guelph Volkswagen have also provided vehicles in the past. For many years now, Kiwanian Larry Townsend has chaired this venture.

Students learn through role playing, how to judge for themselves what is right and wrong, and how to resist the pressure of their peers when they are offered … in particular, alcohol, drugs and smoking materials.

Check this website for more details:  www.youcanbereal.com

As Kiwanians, we have been proud to be involved with this program. We demonstrate that interest to the students when a Kiwanis member attends the presentation of a certificate and badge to each student at the Graduating Ceremony for these classes.

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Kiwanis VIP Program