The column that says you can’t get any better hope for the future of Cumberland County than the people we have had on Saturdays on 92.1 FM WVLT in the past year, from Michael DeLeon fighting substance abuse with Steered Straight to The Prez of Cumberland County College coming into our lives and shooting for 50 percent graduation by 2020 to Melissa Helmbrecht Kappeler, Rich Nichols, Amy Petrie and Jennifer Henderson of United Advocacy Group, John Fuqua, Josh Thompson, Rick Kott, JT Burks, D. Bailey Bailey, Shaun Connors, Verna Herman, Kuan Bowleg, Jerry Young and Terry Gould of Tri City HOPE, SSgt. George Linen and an array of others, and we know they want the best for our youth moving forward.
By Jack Hummel
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DiLisi’s was so busy tonight the waitresses were scurrying to and fro, and almost all of the wait staff is going to school to add to the braintrust in Cumberland County.
And working to pay for it while thinking past Saturday night.
Exposure to everything that’s available and knowing that somebody cares are the two most important things for youth.
The Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition is something you should understand.
CCPYDC is a countywide juvenile delinquency effort funded by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office and Cumberland County Freeholders.
Started in the city of Vineland in 2009, the Coalition expanded to include Bridgeton and Millville in 2013.
CCPYDC brings community stakeholders together in order to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent those already involved in the juvenile justice system from becoming involved in the adult criminal justice system.
The Coalition consists of diverse participation from 85 agencies representing various municipal, county, and state agencies; social and youth serving organizations; faith – based institutions; and school districts.
Members utilize their knowledge and experience with juvenile delinquency prevention methods, as well as their connections to community resources, in order to collaborate on initiatives centered on policy and practice change, resource development, enhancement of the youth service delivery system, and community events to promote positive youth development.
A little history
May 20, 2016
The Walter Rand Institute staff provided an overview of the School-to-Prison Pipeline, which refers to the policies and practices that push students out of the classroom and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. Examples include zero-tolerance policies, the overuse of suspensions and expulsions, and disciplinary alternative schools and programs.
The presentation also included data centered on Cumberland County Stationhouse Adjustments (SHA), an alternative method to handle first-time juvenile offenders that have committed minor juvenile delinquency offenses, along with high school attendance and suspension information.
As a result of CCPYDC’s efforts to increase SHAs within Cumberland County, there was a 22% increase in the number of SHAs between 2013 and 2015. Less than 13% of the youth were arrestedagain after their SHA. WRI also provided the results of surveys conducted with SHA offenders and their parents/guardians, which showed that a majority of youth and their guardians agreed or strongly agreed that the SHA was fair, well-explained, and yielded a positive experience.
Additionally, 90% of guardians reported an overall improvement in their children’s behavior as a result of the SHA.
And here is where we believe the greatest help for getting the county out of poverty happens:
All attendance rates for public and alternative schools in each district increased, aside from Bridgeton’s alternative education program, which observed a 19% decrease.
The high school suspension rate increased in the Bridgeton School District, but fell in both the Vineland and Millville School Districts. Overall, the Districts’ suspensions would be considered high.
Today, JT Burks joined us on 92.1 FM and emphasized going into the Millville projects to sign up players for Millville Midget Football was just the start of good things to come.
And he got phone calls from people willing to help him bridge the gap between sports seasons while looking for a building to house indoor recreation.
On Saturday, Feb. 3, join Tri City H.O.P.E. at Wesley Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church, located at 582 Morton Avenue in Rosenhayn, as we present ‘A Celebration of HOPE V,’ an evening of hope and inspiration brought through song, praise dance, spoken word and speakers.
Admission will be free, but a free will offering will be taken from those can and desire to make a donation towards future Tri City H.O.P.E. cultural, educational and charitable efforts.
The doors open at 5 p.m. and the program starts at 6 p.m. or shortly thereafter.
Scheduled to appear are the Tri City H.O.P.E. Dancers, Singers 4 the Savior, Tri City H.O.P.E.’s Wanda Young (soloist), Bryan Keith Spencer Sr. (spoken word artist), Marilyn Farrell (soloist), and Wesley Memorial’s own Voices of Wesley.
Opening words of hope will be brought by Apostle Edith Burgess.
Speakers for the evening will be will be Shari Hill, Ebony Martin-Griffin, Carole Seabrook Green and, representing Tri City H.O.P.E., 13-year-old Ashley Rodriguez, as well as nationally known juvenile justice advocate, Tracey Wells-Huggins, and candidate for New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district, Tanzie Youngblood.
Closing words of unity will be brought by Minister Preach (Bobby) Griffin. Long-time Tri City H.O.P.E. supporter, Regina Williams will be the hostess for the evening. Tri City H.O.P.E. — Helping Other People Everyday!
Don’t meet us there, beat us there!”
— Jerry Young
On the substance abuse front …
“If a person has just relapsed, shouldn’t that be a factor in their opinion about what works and what doesn’t?
“I mean, if the person was on MAT, and relapsed, but doesn’t admit to relapsing and hides that fact, how is their experience measured?
“If someone drinks alcohol, and relapses to their DOC heroin, do we consider their opinion about alcohol valid?
“If someone slams 12-step as a cult, and they relapse having no support network, is their opinion on AA valid?
“If someone is back 3 months from their 8th relapse in 5 years, and they slam you as a ‘Jesus Freak,’ saying God can’t get you clean, what should our response be?
“Relapse doesn’t erase success UNLESS honesty isn’t part of facing what caused it!
“I can’t look at this as something we can hug our way out of. Compassion does not have to include condoning relapse. This is a DEADLY issue. We’re not playing games anymore, so when we talk about the medical model and having compassion, I want to PUKE!
“This is a NEW PARADIGM, and if you stay stuck in that have compassion crap, and you keep embracing and enabling them until they ‘figure it out,’ with their addict, suicidal thought process, you’re going to go to a hell of a lot more funerals.”
— Michael DeLeon.
Michael DeLeon is scheduled to appear on 92.1 FM on Saturday, Feb. 10, from noon to 2 p.m. — a full two hours, not for your listening pleasure, but for educating you on a pandemic going on right under your nose.
Guess who got adopted today?
Jack, after four months at the shelter with 92.1 FM guest Maria Stoerrle today, so we didn’t get to meet our namesake.
Pennsville leaders getting upset about drug pandemic, and want to provide comfort to affected families.
YOU CAN BOOK IT: Listen to your conscience!