New youth program begins
John DeStefano, Jr. City Of New Haven
Mayor PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday Dec. 12, 2006
NEW INNOVATIVE YOUTH PROGRAM BEGINS FOR DOZENS OF AT-RISK TEENS
PROGRAM GIVES TEENS THE CHANCE TO LEARN ABOUT MEDIA PRODUCTION
New Haven: Mayor John DeStefano joined Assistant Police Chief Herman Badger, Police Officer Shafiq Abdussabur, Director of the New Haven Library James Welbourne, Yale University Vice President for Office of New Haven & State Affairs Mike Morand, and teens from across New Haven today at a news conference at the Stetson Branch Library to kick-off an innovative new youth program.
The program, formed out of a partnership between CTRIBAT and SEA-TV, will serve approximately 30 at-risk teens by teaching them how to make documentaries and helping them learn about media production. The program will meet three days a week, after school, at the Stetson Branch Library on Dixwell Ave. The City of New Have, Yale University, Empower New Haven, and Yale-New Haven Hospital are each contributing to the program.
“Investing in community policing and putting more officers on the street is critical if we are to reduce youth violence but it’s only one part of the equation,” said DeStefano. “We must continue to proactively engage our youth and offer them opportunities to succeed. Programs like CTRIBAT really do make a difference.”
CTRIBAT was founded by Shafiq Abdussabur, a Community Patrol Officer with the New Haven Police Department, and serves dozens of youngsters from across New Haven. “This new program will be a strong creative magnet for at-risk children and teens,” says Abdussabur. “It will provide at-risk youth a safe haven and that can literally save many lives. They will gain self-confidence and self-respect and be motivated to go on to college or pursue jobs in other trade oriented careers.”
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