Overall, there are a number of challenges for the P.E.I CAPs. In addition to whether the sustainability issue is resolved, concern was also raised about the recent expiry of the MOA. The CAPs that are better able to handle their operating expenses are the ones that have paid facilitation in what are referred to as Learning and Opportunities Centres, community centres and libraries. Those that are located elsewhere often respond to funding cuts by reducing their hours of operation.73
Because the Agreement is tied to the province's youth employment program there is a strong possibility that some sites may not have enough workers and volunteers for the summer months. Volunteer burnout and student volunteers who do not show up at the CAP sites can cause other major problems. Another important issue is the physical location of CAP sites. When they are located in public libraries, service fees are prohibited. When a site is located in a public school, access after school hours may be problematic due to security and whether a custodian is present, or if the CAP site has a separate entrance and doors that can close the site from the rest of the school.
Based on site research Level I and II CAPs are in the process of evolving into community networks. Further CLN development in the province would likely occur if the CAPs and Techpei knew more about the CLN program.
|73||Interview with J. Alford March 16, 2001.|
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