We held the GangWise Project program at Plumsted Monday evening (Sept. 28.) The program was a great success! Attending were: The Mayor, Chief of Police, Police Officers, School Principal, Town Council, Guidance Counselor and people from the community. We had 30 adults & 7 teens prresent.
The audience was totally engaged and everyone felt the program was so valuable. As always Edwin Torres made a huge plug for Ocean County Partners working together with the library – we are truly unique to the State of NJ and making a difference!
The following deserve so much credit for their efforts in promoting the program:
The Plumsted staff for connecting so well with the community – especially Rachel Lavoie-Dohn!!
Our GangWise Partners
OCL Public Relations (sending letter to Police & Mayors, Connect, Media and more)
All our presenters Edwin Torres (Gang Expert), Rory Wells (OC Asst Prosecutor), Jasmine Long (ex-gang member) & Joanne Schuh from the OC Health Dept. Jasmine also brought a minister from the Crips in California, now living in Jersey City
Here is a link to photos on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/43026447@N07/
NOTE: Our presenter Jasmine Long (ex-gang member) that talks with teens was lucky to attend this program as the previous week she was beaten and “pistol whipped” for her anti-gang efforts in schools, libraries and across the state. Unbelieveable!
Again –many thanks to everyone!