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Gangwise Project: protecting our youth

TOMS RIVER  –  Three branches of the Ocean County Library will present “The Gangwise Project: What our Community Needs to Know.”

Presented by Edwin Torres, a retired State law enforcement Lieutenant and juvenile gang expert, attendees will learn the general warning signs of gang affiliation. He will also discuss why kids join gangs and offer a brief history of modern gangs.

Torres will give advice for parents and teens to avoid gangs and report on local gang activity. He will also tell where parents can go for help if they know their child is involved with a gang.

The program will be held:

  • Wednesday, May 27 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888
  • Monday, June 1 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133
  • Tuesday, June 2 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 732-928-4400

The program is suitable for teens, ages 12 and up, their parents, and other interested adults such as educators, clergy and people who work with youth.

The programs are free. Registration is required. Telephone the branch or go to the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Sign-in for each program begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Ocean County Library, Lakewood takes “Tools For Teens” on the road: great turnout

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LAKEWOOD –  165 educators, school administrators, parents, students and community members attended a special bilingual presentation of “Gang Wise” at Lakewood Middle School.  The program was sponsored by the Lakewood Branch of the Ocean County Library and the Lakewood Middle School Parent Teacher Organization.

Lt. Edwin Torres, a 23-year veteran of law Enforcement in New Jersey, retired police Lieutenant and Juvenile Justice and Gang Expert, reviewed gang history, gang markings, the impact of gangs in schools and popular culture, general warning signs of gang affiliation and the reasons kids join gangs.

Since 2006, Torres has been a partner of the Ocean County Library Tools for Teens programming initiative.  While he has presented countless times at Ocean County Library branches, this presentation was one of the first attempts at bringing a Tools for Teens program to a school.  The attendance and response from the Lakewood community proved that gang education is something that educators, parents, and students still have a need for.  In addition to their Collaboration with the New Jersey State Parole Board, who teach G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training), Lakewood Middle School looks forward to expanding their gang awareness efforts even more after hearing the all too real repercussions of gang activity amongst children as young as 9 years old.

The Ocean County Library will also present a special Tools for Teens Presentation about Drug Use & Heroin at the following library locations:

Lacey Branch 11/25, 6:00 sign in with a 6:30 start time

Toms River branch 12/5, 6:00 sign in with a 6:30 start time

This presentation will focus on the effects of heroin on the body, how to tell if someone is using and what the legal ramifications are if you caught using or dealing. Professional development certificates will be provided.

Gang Wise and other Tools for Teens programs are funded through a collaboration between various community organizations including the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Youth Service Commission, Health Department, Probation-Juvenile Supervision, the Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governors Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse.

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Gangwise Project: protecting our youth

TOMS RIVER –  Three branches of the Ocean County Library will present “The Gangwise Project: What our Community Needs to Know” during May.

Presented by Edwin Torres, a retired State law enforcement Lieutenant and juvenile gang expert, attendees will learn the general warning signs of gang affiliation. He will also discuss why kids join gangs and offer a brief history of modern gangs.

Torres will give advice to parents and teens about avoiding gangs and reporting on local gang activity. He will also tell where parents can go for help if they know their child is involved with a gang.

The program will be held:

  • May 7 at the Brick branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd.,  (732) 477-4513
  • May 16 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd.,  (609) 294-1197
  • May 20 at the Lakewood branch, 301 Lexington Av.,  (732) 363-1435.

The program is suitable for teens, ages 12 and up, their parents, and other interested adults such as educators, clergy and people who work with youth. Professional Development Certificates will be provided.

The programs are free and light refreshments will be served. Registration is required. Telephone the branch or go to the library’s Web site www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Sign-in for each program begins at 6 p.m. and the program will begin promptly at 6:30 p.m.

The programs are funded through a community collaboration of the OC Board of Chosen Freeholders; OC Youth Service Commission; OC Health Department; NJ Superior Court; the Ocean County Library; the Municipal Alliance Project, and the NJ Governor’s Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse.