MEMBERS OF THE New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission Anti-Gang Unit, Bridgeton City Mayor Albert Kelly and representatives of the Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland Housing Authorities came out to congratulate volunteers who came together to combat gang and gun violence by improving young people’s ability to make good choices and act on them. The volunteers were trained on the Phoenix Curriculum 25-hour Anti-Gang Prevention Model. The Phoenix Curriculum is designed for school-aged youth between fifth- and eighth grade. It is a successful program that steers kids away from gangs and gun violence through improving their capacity to make good choices and act on them. The volunteers were trained for two hours a week for four weeks to successfully complete eight hours of facilitation training. Volunteers learned how to help students develop-self-efficacy, problem solving, problem avoidance, resistance/refusal and escape skills. The volunteers will teach students to ask for help from safe and supportive people, manage their feelings (self-monitoring and emotional intelligence) and control their impulses. Volunteers will administer The Phoenix Curriculum one hour a week for 10 consecutive weeks in Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland Housing Authorities between April 15 and June 19. This is a collaborative initiative between the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office and the Housing Authorities of Bridgeton, Millville and Vineland. The following volunteers were trained and received certificates of training completion — Bridgeton: Carole Green, Wayne Holt, Diedre Kennedy, Adrian McGriff, Joanne Sbrana, Martha Saint-Jean, Max Saint-Jean, Shannon Taylor and Mae Woodley; Millville: Martin Brown, Alyssa Ellis, Cecelia King, Viola Pierre and Heather Wolf; Vineland: Jacqueline Cruz, Rosa Gonzalez, Victor Jimenez, Melvin Negron and Michelle White.
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