Blue EDGE (Educate, Develop, Grow, Empower) is a program of physical training designed to extend a young person’s mind and physical capability. The program also includes career education, motivational speakers and mentoring with a view to having youth actualise their potential.
Outcomes include personal relationships and rapport being built between Police, Blue Light Volunteers and the young people and their families. The program is designed to develop the skills and attitudes needed to take part in society, now and in the future.
We believe that interacting with young people will encourage participants to be receptive to good guidance and have respect and trust in the police. Interaction between young people, the Police and Blue Light is making a positive and sustainable difference in people’s lives.
What is Blue EDGE?
Blue EDGE is a term program delivered twice weekly, designed to extend a young person’s mind and physical capacity. The program includes physical training, with weekly topics including guest presenters, with a view to having young people actualise their potential. The term program is tailored to the participant group and will include a workshop intensive or adventure therapy camp. There will be a group celebration at the end of each program where staff, parents/carers and volunteers will be invited to celebrate the participants achievements.
Each group will be made up of approximately 20 young people, of mixed genders and abilities. The groups will work together as a team, encouraging each other to be the best that they can be. Young people aged between 12 and 17 are selected for each program.
Each session includes 30-45 minutes of physical activity followed by breakfast. Each session a guest speaker or a simple life skill session will be completed by participants during breakfast. Police Staff will also be interacting with the participants during each session.
The EDGE program will make a positive, sustainable difference to the lives of all the participants on each course run. This is achieved through their experiences of physical, mental and social challenges. They will also be receiving motivational speeches from successful entrepreneurs and sports persons that the young people can aspire to.
An important aspect of this program is that there is no cost involved for the participants. Workbooks and other resources will be supplied free of charge.
When funding permits, any uniform supplied will be at no cost and for the participant to keep. The breakfasts supplied, will be hearty will involve no cost to the young person, or their family.