Engaged Parents Reduce Crime

It is true.  Actively engaged parents produce children who are better prepared for life.  Their children often turn out healthier, happier, smarter and more able to navigate the challenges of life.  People with character don’t victimize others.

Join us as we support parents who engage with their children to make them better students.  For more information, call Pastor Martin Rainey, President, Parent support for Education Council, Inc. (727) 420-1326.

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If I experience a violent crime, what’s the first thing I should do?

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According to Witness Justice, first, make sure to address any physical injuries and get to a safe place. Then phone 911 (or ask someone else to do it) and, while you’re waiting for the police to arrive, try to write down as many details of the crime and your attacker as possible — especially details of his or her physical characteristics and face, clothing, voice, and any unique physical markings or tattoos. Although this can be upsetting, it is during the time immediately following the incident that you will most likely be able to recall the greatest number of details with the greatest degree of clarity. These details will assist you when providing a statement to the police and could be essential in apprehending and successfully prosecuting your assailant.  When the police arrive, they will investigate, collect evidence, and obtain your statement. If the police are meeting you at the scene of the crime, try not to touch or move anything, because doing so may compromise the integrity of the crime scene. When giving your statement, consider having a family member or friend present – not only for emotional support, but also to help validate or corroborate your statement. Following a violent experience, your mind may be racing and your emotions running high, and having someone you trust there with you can help.

The First 24 Hours following a violent encounter can be extremely difficult. You are at the initial stage of what may be a life-altering experience that can affect you in fundamental and unforeseen ways. You are probably, and understandably, overwhelmed. Try to remember that it can take a while for the full extent of the physical and emotional impacts to set in, so consider getting support mechanisms in place (friends, family, counselors, doctors, etc.) as soon as possible. Try to be patient with yourself and allow yourself the time you need to work through the healing process. It is not an easy road to travel, but there is hope, help, and healing ahead.

Join the fight to prevent crime in our communities by joining The Pinellas County Urban League’s Crime Prevention Task Force.  For more information, call Michael Adekunle at (727) 327-2081 extension 119, or inquire by e-mail to madekunle@pcul.org.

Attend the Annual Conference in Style and for Free!!

Each year, in the month of May, The Pinellas County Urban League provides a group of students from Pinellas County Schools the opportunity to participate in The Preventing Crime in the Black Community Conference.  This international conference rotates between Florida metropolitan areas, allowing students to visit new cities and experience life as a guest in an upscale, corporate environment.  teachable moments abound from simply being present, however, the conference subjects are conversation starters as well.

This year, the conference was held in Tampa, Florida and The Pinellas County Urban League’s Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program gave the opportunity to attend to students from Gibbs High School, Northeast High School and Bay Point Middle School.  Yes, lectures, panel discussions, open forums and working lunches were in order.  Still there was time for relaxing at or in the pool, working out in the weight room, evening socials and networking.  Our youth were surprised at both the amount of work and fun they had during their time away from home.

We expect to select attendees for the May 2013 Conference in Orlando, Florida from our roster of NULITES participants.  Not familiar with NULITES?  You should be, and it is easy to learn more.  Just call Mike Boykins at (727) 327-2081 extension 120 for more details.  Join us in Orlando for  a great time!

Social Impact Bonds

So, you have never heard of a social impact bond?  You are not alone.  This is a fairly new idea being tested in the United States, but it is based on a familiar concept.  The idea is that we invest money in the things we believe will bring us a return on that investment.  If we believe that keeping previously incarcerated youth from returning to jail is important, why not reward investors for supporting programs that successfully accomplish the goal of reducing the recidivism rate?  After all, a win-win in this area is a benefit for the youth, the country, and now, the investor.

Cash poor governmentsare facing the reality that our penal system is expensive and yields fewer positive results than most desire.  Of course there are many reasons for the results, some of which are outside the control of the penal system.  Still, a solution must be found to reduce the expenses that crime and punishment create.  Imagine, pay for performance in the social services industry.  Solve a problem, reap a benefit.

Will this structure work closer to home?  Are we in Florida, particularly Pinellas County, ready for this new model?  Share your thoughts.  Consider joining our Task Force here at The Pinellas County Urban League, and make your voice heard.  Call Michael Adekunle at (727) 327-2081 extensiion 119 for more details.

YMCA Summer Talent Showcase

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The Pinellas County Urban League, through its Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program, attended the Childs Park YMCA Talent Showcase.  This event marked the end of the 2012 Summer Program hosted by the YMCA.  Many community activist, parents, friends and supporters gathered at the YMCA activity room to cheer on the children for their efforts in reading, dance, drumming, art and more.

As a community partner, The BOBCPP encourages you to get involved with our children, encourage their positive growth and development, and speak words of kindness and love into their lives.  They are our light and future.  Let us treat them as such.

For more information about how you can make a change by Empowering Communities   Changing Lives, call 727.327.2081 extension 119.