Students, parents, educators, law enforcement and local partners in 12 B.C. communities will begin receiving additional support and training opportunities to help at-risk kids get off the pathway to gun and gang violence.

The province is investing one point 1-2 million dollars in the initiative.

The funding supports the new ERASE school-based gang prevention program.

It will be offered in priority communities identified by police and safety experts as those that could benefit from additional gang prevention support.

Those communities include Nanaimo.

The sessions will be provided by Safer Schools Together, the Ministry of Education’s service-delivery partner for ERASE.

Topics will include an overview of the current B.C. gang landscape, how gang members are recruiting, myths and realities of gang membership, warning signs and how to help if someone is being recruited or is already involved in gang-related activity.