Stepping It Up for Cumberland County

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VINELAND, N.J. -

Volunteers trained to combat youth gang violence.

On March 26, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae, members of the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission Anti-Gang Unit, Bridgeton City Mayor Albert Kelly and representatives of the Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland Housing Authorities came out to congratulate volunteers who came together to combat gang and gun violence by improving young people’s ability to make good choices and act on them.

The volunteers were trained on the Phoenix Curriculum 25-hour Anti-Gang Prevention Model. The Phoenix Curriculum is designed for school-aged youth between 5th- and 8th grade.  It is a successful program that steers kids away from gangs and gun violence through improving their capacity to make good choices and act on them.

The volunteers were trained for two hours a week for four weeks to successfully complete eight hours of facilitation training. Volunteers learned how to help students develop-self-efficacy, problem-solving, problem avoidance, resistance/refusal and escape skills. The volunteers will teach students to ask for help from safe and supportive people, manage their feelings (self-monitoring and emotional intelligence) and control their impulses.

Volunteers will administer The Phoenix Curriculum one hour a week for ten consecutives weeks in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland Housing Authorities between April 15 and June 19, 2019. This is a collaborative initiative between the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and the Housing Authorities of Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland.

Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae thanked the volunteers for giving of their time to make Cumberland County youth stronger and more able to deal with the peer pressures that lead to risky behavior.  She further thanked both the Juvenile Justice Commission and the Housing.

Authorities for being welcome partners in the fight against gang and gun violence in Cumberland County.

The certificate ceremony took place at Inspira Fitness Center in Vineland.

The Volunteers:

In Bridgeton, the following nine volunteers were trained and received certificates of training completion: Carole Green, Wayne Holt, Diedre Kennedy, Adrian McGriff, Joanne Sbrana, Martha Saint-Jean, Max Saint-Jean, Shannon Taylor, and Mae Woodley.

In Millville, the following five volunteers were trained and received certificates of training completion: Martin Brown, Alyssa Ellis, Cecelia King, Viola Pierre, and Heather Wolf.

In Vineland, the following five volunteers were trained and received certificates of training completion: Jacqueline Cruz, Rosa Gonzalez, Victor Jimenez, Melvin Negron, and Michelle White.


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