Preventing Crime is about more than locks and security planning. It is about community. That is why our Crime Prevention Program participated in a MLK Day of Service project by reading to toddlers at a local R’Club Daycare Center. Each year, the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Pinellas Opportunity Council, Inc. (RSVP) celebrates the “Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service” by conducting a special “Reading Project” in all of the Head Start/Early Head Start Program Centers throughout Pinellas County. Through this project, RSVP and community volunteers read the book “Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King” to three and four year olds, particularly stressing and discussing Dr. King’s timeless themes of non-violence, equality, and peaceful co-existence – values that are important to learn at an early age.
The best part is, following the reading and brief discussion, each child receives a personalized children’s book of their very own – generously donated by numerous local companies, organizations, and friends – in order that they might continue the adventure of reading and learning at home.
Promoting basic literacy is one of the ways crime is reduced in our communities. To find out more about our programs and opportunities for service, call the Pinellas County Urban League at (727) 327-2081.
The Pinellas County Urban League, through the Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program, participated in the 2012 Council of Neighborhood Associations’ (CONA) annual goal setting and planning session on February 4, 2012. The activity, held at the SunCoast Hospice Center, 3050 1st Avenue South in Saint Petersburg, offers residents the opportunity to influence city priorities by working together and sharing the collective voice of all neighborhood associations. Mayor Bill Foster set the tone for the meeting by thanking residents for their commitment to the city. “We want people to love the city,” said Foster. During his remarks, he stressed the need for more dialog, new ideas and a renewed energy to overcome many of the challenges created by the economic downturn that rippled through the global economy.
Represented by staff and BOBCPP Task Force member, Gershom Faulkner, the program and its constituents spoke in favor of increasing collaboration between CONA and youth groups as a way to strengthen community ties, further reduce crime rates and beautify communities through multiple small-scale projects. Advocates for increasing neighborhood participation within the Council structure, session participants agreed that CONA must make a greater effort to reach the community with its message and then follow up with training, coaching and resource sharing for communities that need help organizing and managing an association. Presently, only 32 of the city’s 74 neighborhoods are active within CONA. The group identified the need to understand why communities fail to participate as a top priority.
Information about CONA is available from its website. For more information on how the Black-on-Black Crime Prevention Program may assist you, please call (727) 328-1968.
On Monday, November 7, 2011 BOB Staff presented before the Student Government Association of the St. Petersburg College Midtown Center. The invitation came as a result of an introduction during the recent LAWFEST 2011 event held at the Center. SGA member Jacquan Livingston began a conversation with staff and made the invitation. Said Livingston, “We are all about making life better for the students here at SPC. If you offer services that can make a difference, we need to know.” The presentation provided the student-leaders with an overview of the League’s programs, history and purpose. Staff demonstrated the relevance of the affiliate network and local programing during this current economic crisis.
Interested in learning more? Staff will present to your group upon request. Contact Michael Adekunle at (727) 328-1968 or email@example.com.
The Pinellas County Urban League, through its BOB Crime Prevention program, participated in LAWFEST 2011 on Saturday, October 29, 2011. The event was held at the Midtown Campus of the Saint Petersburg College, and was hosted by Success Unlimited: Women and Youth Business Center, Inc. The multiple co-sponsors, vendors, facilitators and volunteers focused the energies around the theme, “Learning, Growing and Working Together.” The public was invited to attend and discuss their concerns with legal professionals.
In addition to sharing information about programs and services, emphasizing the BOB Crime Prevention Program, BOB Staff also conducted a raffle for a gift card to a local grocery store. Participants needed not be present to win, however all entrants provided contact information on a standard sign-in form. Congratulations goes to Ms. Yolanda Johnson, the winner of a $20.00 gift card to Winn-Dixie. Ms. Johnson has been reached and will receive her card in person at the Urban League’s Headquarters, 333 – 31st Street North in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
Thank you Momma Tee Lassiter and Dr. H. Shirley for your hospitality and vision for helping the community. We applaud your contribution and look forward to supporting your future efforts.