Giving youth a second chance

Raissa Tetanish
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AMHERST – It’s all about second chances.

Barry Patriquin, career facilitator for youth with the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association (CANSA), has been working on bringing a program to Cumberland County to help youth that have been in conflict with the law.

“There are a far number of our clientele that meet that criteria,” said Patriquin. “Unfortunately, it’s tough finding employment when you’ve had conflict with the justice system.”

For the past few months, Patriquin has been looking at bringing the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development’s Second Chance Program to local youth.

“Sometimes youth want to make a serious change and this program will help with life choices and skills,” said Patriquin.

CANSA supports over 200 clients identified as youth, and 20 per cent have had a conflict with the law. There are also clients over the age of 29 who would meet the criteria for consideration in the program.

In order to bring the program to the county, Patriquin is seeking commitments from organizations and groups in Cumberland County that work with and support youth.

Any organizations wishing to show their support can contact Patriquin at 661-1509 or


Organizations: Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association

Geographic location: Cumberland County

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