WHAT CAN WE DO TO FIGHT CRIME?
''INVEST IN KIDS''
(By Mr. Shuantae Bellamy, CEO/Founder of Hopes Learning Center of Education & Arts)
America's After-School Choice: Juvenile Crime or Safe Learning Time
The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime
When the school bell rings, turning millions of children and teens out on the street with neither constructive activities nor adult supervision, violent juvenile crime suddenly soars. On school days,
the hours from 3-6 PM are the peak hours for teens to:
"¢ Commit crimes. "¢ Be victims of crime. "¢ Be in or cause a car crash. "¢ Smoke, drink or use drugs.
After-School Programs Cut Crime, Teach Skills and Values
Quality youth development programs can cut crime immediately and transform this prime time for juvenile crime into hours of academic enrichment, wholesome fun and community service. They protect both kids and adults from becoming victims of crime, and cut teen pregnancy, smoking, & drug use while they help youngsters develop the values and skills they need to become contributing citizens. For example:
"¢ In a study conducted in several U.S. cities, five housing projects without Boys & Girls Clubs were compared to five receiving new clubs. At the beginning, drug activity and vandalism were the same. But by the time the study ended, the projects without the programs had 50 percent more vandalism and scored 37 percent worse on drug activity.
"¢ A study of an after-school & summer program in a Compton,LA housing project showed that compared to the two years prior to the program, the number of juvenile arrests declined by 75 percent.
Will all after-school programs produce these results? Of course not. Quality program design & adequate numbers of caring, well-trained staff are essential.
Government Is Dropping the Ball
Good after-school and summer programs cost approximately $4,000 a year"”about the same as tuition at a public university. Even if working parents can afford such fees, there just aren't enough good programs. On a regular basis, more than ten million children and teens lack constructive after-school activities supervised by caring adults. Millions of other children & teens would also benefit if afterschool programs helped parents provide kids with alternatives to watching TV or hanging on street corners. Over the last few years federal funding programs have cut budgets for schools, programs, libraries & jobs.
Donating to ''Hopes Learning Center of Education & Arts'' today SAVES MONEY from tomorrows issues:
Failing to invest in quality afterschool programs squanders billions of dollars for funerals, prisons, criminal issues, educational dropouts, poor test scores & so much more in all areas from business-personal!
Im asking at this time can you please donate in ''HLCOEA'' because its proven that after-school programs help kids avoid crime and save thousands of Americans from becoming victims of violence. Todays Kids/Teems must have access to quality after-school programs if crime is to be prevented.
Trenton,NJ Have You Realized Yet?:
*108 OFFICERS LAID OFF *11 SCHOOLS CLOSED *ONLY 2 REC CENTERS OPEN *AFTER (3) SCHOOL PROGRAM LOST ITS FUNDING *FOUR (4) LIBRARIES CLOSED
Parents Keep In Mind:
"It's a great wonder to enroll your child in my after-school programs than to pay later to keep your kid out
of jail". Mindful that the peak hours of violent juvenile crime are between the end of school and 6:00 P.M., it's just common sense to enroll children/teens in after-school programs that give kids the values & skills they need to say "˜no' to crime and violence."
By Shuantae S. Bellamy, CEO/Founder of ''Hopes Learning Center of Education & Arts''
Please visit my web-site www.hopeed.info or call 609-222- 4192 for more info., donate or program layout.