Published on June 19th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
RCSD Partners with Community Relations Council – Youth Advocate Community Group
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that recently Richland County Sheriff’s Department Headquarters, 5623 Two Notch Road, 29223 Richland County Sheriff’s Department Deputies, several community leaders, and youth organizations came together to discuss innovative ways to promote positive youth programs.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that in today’s climate, it is very important to offer our youth positive alternatives for a better life. The Sheriff stated that the Community Relations Council Youth Advocate Roundtable discussions are to look at innovative and collaborative programs to reach youth in our schools and our local communities. The ultimate goal is to assist today’s youth in becoming productive and wholesome citizens; and to bring organizations together who directly work with our youth in the community, and with their families. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Community Relations Council’s will work together to help build better community engagement with partnering organizations, and to promote positive youth programs and services.
DeAnna Bookert, Program Manager with the Community Relations Council stated that the condition of our youth is a major concern, and even more of a concern as we transition into the summer months. We are faced with challenges to what are acceptable social values and good morals that threaten our community safety and tranquility every day.
Sheriff Leon Lott stated that during this forum the goal was to share what summer programs are being offered for youth of all ages, and discuss current youth summer programs, any challenges, and how we could work in harmony to address the growing concerns with our youth during the summer months. In addition the Sheriff’s Department shared other year round special programs offered for youth and parents.