Our media campaign introduces the general public to the needs of higher risk youth and rationale for their high level of interaction with law enforcement. Simultaneously, public/private partnerships have been developed to provide resources for mentoring activities and police tool kits
All officers agreeing to participate in the mentoring project receive early match training and a Mentoring Tool Kit. The actual mentoring activities will commence directly after the officers complete the training. Officers will be asked to take one to three hours out of their week to Expand the World View of the child assigned to him/her.
Each child may choose the sports of his or her choice within the Don’t Count Me Out Georgia Patriots sports of all sorts program. Each mentor will attend the practices and games of their mentee. The sports activities include but are not limited to:
The officers will be encouraged to couple with groups of officers of five at least once a quarter to take small groups of foster care youth to designated activities. Consistency is the key.
To engage the parents, women’s kick-ball will be offered to each mentee’s mother or grandmother.
Our Don’t Count Me Out sports’ staff is comprised of experienced athletes turned youth coaches and dedicated mothers of child athletes. At the helm are the sports and Recreation committee Coach Nelson Sutton, Coach Maurice Sessoms and Rasheeda Herring. We have over one hundred parents with children who have played on a youth sports team coached by Coach Sutton over the last five (5) years.
All mentors will receive a mentoring tool kit and trauma training to ensure they understand the responsibility and need that comes with each child.
Don't Count Me Out values mentoring.
At its most basic level, mentoring helps as it guarantees a young person that there is someone besides their parents who cares.
A child is not alone in dealing with day-to-day challenges. So all of our children will have mentors who are either policemen, fireman or professional sports figures.
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