Community Organized Support & Prevention (COSP) is a non-profit community agency, which is under the administration of a volunteer Board of Directors. It offers community-based justice related programs for adults and young persons.
COSP grew out of the visionary pursuits of a local judge who, in 1974 began using community based sentencing as a meaningful alternative to fines, which were becoming an ineffective deterrent to shoplifting. What has evolved from the concepts and endeavors of many volunteers is a comprehensive response to many justice programs.
COSP receives funding from several sources:
Prevention: Self-Esteem Enhancement & Development and Youthreach are funded by the United Way of Quinte. Their generosity has provided opportunities for youth to learn and discuss issues important to them.
Safe Dates is a prevention program funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation.
PASS is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services in partnership with the Hastings Prince Edward District School Board.
The following programs are also funded by MCYS:
Prime Worker Program -Prevention
Extrajudicial Sanctions –Diversion
Quintac Attendance Centre – Youth Justice Services
The Belleville & District Youth Justice Committee is a diversion program and is fully funded by the Ministry of Attorney General.
Adult Community Service Order program is funded by the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING:
As a Not-For-Profit agency, COSP typically holds its AGM in September. This year, it was held on September 15, 2015 at 121 Dundas Street East, Suite 206, Belleville. The agenda includes a refreshment break after the AGM, followed by September’s regular board meeting. Also during this time, the Belleville & District Youth Justice Committee will hold its AGM. Funding bodies, stakeholders and interested citizens are always welcome to attend.
Placement students must be enrolled in a post-secondary school program in a related field. Consideration is extended to students from other studies if their focus meets with the needs of the agency. This might include human resources, engineering and construction, and computer programming. All students must present a ‘Vulnerable Sector Check’ indicating they are cleared to work with youth. Any contact with youth through all justice services comes with the highest level of confidentiality. Everyone is required to sign an “Oath of Confidentiality” document and adhere to its perimeters. Possessing a valid First Aid and CPR certificate is considered an asset.
Students will work predominantly with youth who are referred to the PASS program, under the supervision of the Education Assistant and Executive Director. Based on their level of competency, students will be involved with the Adult CSO program and assist the Coordinator with correspondence letters and perhaps intakes. They will have the opportunity to attend youth court, may observe a Youth Justice Committee conference, and will be invited to attend committee/network meetings such as the Youth Justice Advisory Committee or Children and Youth Services Network.
Due to the needs of clients referred to Quintac Attendance Centre and the facilitator’s efforts to establish a supportive professional relationship with their clients, placement students will not have the opportunity to engage with them. Students will however be invited to explore the programs offered to youth and engage with the facilitators to gain an understanding of a client’s program plan.
There are always administrative duties that a student can take the initiative and responsibility for. No student will be asked to perform a duty that an employee is not required to do.
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