Our 2022 Chief Youth Courage Award recipient for YouthLink Calgary is twelve-year-old, Kaysaan! After moving to Calgary from Ottawa, Kaysaan joined YouthLink Calgary for one of their P.D. Day Camps. While attending the camp, Kaysaan stood out to camp leaders due to his leadership skills, inquisitive nature and positive attitude.

Kaysaan also took the initiative to apply to be YouthLink Calgary’s 2022 Program Ambassador. As part of his application, Kaysaan submitted a very well-written essay highlighting his passion for equality and diversity.

Kaysaan strongly believes in connecting with other youth from all walks of life and hopes to help bridge the gap between young people and police.

Team members from YouthLink Calgary are continuously impressed with Kaysaan’s maturity and drive to learn. He is eager to learn more about the community policing model in Calgary and hopes to share his newfound knowledge with youth throughout the community.

We are excited to present Kaysaan with his award and cannot wait to see the impact he has as YouthLink Calgary’s 2022 Program Ambassador. Great job, Kaysaan!

Fast Facts – About Kaysaan

What do you want people to know about you? I’m twelve years old, in French Immersion school, and enjoy playing soccer. I love Indian food, hiking and enjoying the mountains.

Who is your hero? Kylian Mbappe. He is a soccer player for Paris Saint-Germain and the French National team. He also has a charity called “Inspired by KM” which is a children’s charity that helps kids fulfill their dreams, stay humble and prevent them from resorting to violence.

What do you love about Calgary? I like the different kinds of food here and being so close to Banff and the mountains.

What do you think are the main reasons youth get involved in crime? Poverty and youth comparing themselves to others. They might feel the need to steal to ‘compete’ with their peers.

What do you think would stop youth from getting involved in crime? Getting more involved with community service, building good relationships and being involved in sports.

Where do you see yourself in the next few years? I will be in high school and hopefully I am still involved in community activities. I also hope to be pursuing university or a soccer career.

What do you do for fun? Reading (Harry Potter, Mystery, Crime, Adventure), playing soccer and trying new foods.

Tell us about one thing you would like to accomplish this year? I want to go to the Stampede for the first time and participate in the parade!

Describe your perfect day? I would wake up on the beach, eat an exotic breakfast, take a quick swim and enjoy a virgin Pina Colada.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be? Teleportation! I would use it to visit museums, beaches, and restaurants around the world.

What message do you have for other youth who might need help dealing with their everyday lives? Don’t worry about what others think and always be the best version of yourself.