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Program Seeks Youth Involvement in Fight Against Crime


Feb. 8, 2006 – John's Folly Learning Institute Director Alvis Christian wants youths between the ages of 11 and 17 to be a part of the solution to St. John's growing crime problem.
"The community is doing the best that it can, but we need the younger generation to get involved," he said.
With that goal in mind, Christian organized a Youth Crime Watch Development Training from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Learning Institute. Registration for the free program starts at 9 a.m.
Christian anticipated that up to 40 youths will attend.
Christian has invited James M. Corbett to lead the training. Corbett is now a consultant with the Youth Crime Watch of America, which is headquartered in Miami.
Corbett started his working career as a teacher at Julius E. Sprauve School, later teaching at Eudora Kean High School on St. Thomas and Central High School on St. Croix.
Corbett said he switched gears when he directed a university program for students who were the first in their families to attend college.
"I came across so many kids at risk," he said.
He said youths at Saturday's program will learn about anonymous crime reporting, conflict resolution, mediation, peer and cross-age training, and youth patrols.
Additionally, they'll learn about crime, drug and violence prevention, school bus safety and develop a project.
For more information, call Christian at 714-7134 or 516-2644.
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