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Non-profit gives area kids inspiration
A local non-profit organization is giving kids inspiration through music and arts.
Status4 Inc. was launched last year by Winnipeg Police Service Const. Kevin Gibson through a partnership with the City of Winnipeg LiveSafe –Crime Prevention Policy, the WPS, and the city’s community services department to offer free after-school programming. The province has also provided funding through the Neighbourhoods Alive! program.
Youth have an opportunity to take part in taekwondo, music, dance, and singing lessons through Status4. The program operates out of the East End Cultural and Leisure Centre located at 575 Larsen Ave., Monday to Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m.
The idea to do more for the community came to Gibson in 2006 after two fellow officers were shot just prior to Christmas.
Gibson organized the Brothers in Arms benefit to raise money for a number of causes and he realized there was so much more that could be done.
"I want to reach children and inspire them through music and arts. Hopefully they will carry it on and inspire others," said the former member of the band Undercover.
Gibson said he wanted to reflect that inspiration when he chose the name Status4.
"Literally for WPS and some other emergency responders it means on scene," Gibson said.
"Whether they’re here, or practicing at home, you’re on scene with our message."
Mark Galbon, a volunteer taekwondo and guitar teacher with Status4, said participating in the program has been a positive experience.
"I love giving back to society, and it’s something I love doing," said Galbon, who owns Mar-Schell’s Music in North Kildonan.
Michelle Hudson, who is studying taekwondo and guitar through the program, said she enjoys the experience Status4 offers.
"I enjoy coming here, it’s the first time taking music lessons other than in school," Hudson said.
Elmwood resident Aurele Jack said he is pleased with how the program is helping local youth.
"What Kevin has done here, I think it’s just wonderful," said Jack, who has lived in the area for 29 years.
"They have a lot of kids going down there, and it’s really a great thing for the community."
Gibson said it’s gratifying to hear kids yell his name as he drives down the street, but it wouldn’t be possible without his volunteers.
"I have great volunteers who teach them all this. I’m just the guy putting this together," he said.
"I want the kids to learn to be confident in themselves and never give up. Realize the power and strength inside of them."
For more information visit http://www.status4.ca.
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