South Plains Association of Governments: Today’s Kids Under Attack

Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by Kate Humphrey

NADO’s 2012 Innovation Awards recognized 64 projects from 22 states for their creative approaches to regional community and economic development, including the project described below. Click here for the full list of winners.

Today’s Kids Under Attack is an innovative creation by the South Plains Association of Governments’ (SPAG) law enforcement program staff. The program targets high risk youth with a pro-active approach to handling potential problems in school and home environments. Instructors present topics involving violence, teen suicide, damaging effects of video games, sexual assault, bullying, generational changes, and family issues. In addition to student training (over 6,000 youth have participated), the program also involves parents, social agencies, law enforcement officials, and school officials as part of the adult training component (over 250 participants to date). SPAG manages presentations, marketing, registration, and continuing education credit. The program has increased awareness of issues facing youth and has improved relationships between law enforcement and youth.

Gay Lynn Stone, Director of Training and Emergency Communications: [email protected]
Tim C. Pierce, Executive Director: [email protected]

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