Youths learn how not to lose their future

By: 
BETTE SHARPE, Glendale Daily Planet

Photos by Bette Sharpe/Glendale Daily Planet
Working in groups of two, each young man questions members of the Los Angeles Dodgers, writing down their responses. The young men also interviewed members of the Glendale Police Department’s School Resource units. The information will help document the event and its participants.

School Resource Officer Ryan Winfield and Public Information Officer Tiffany Smith, both with the Glendale Police Department, are pictured with Elijah McCoy and Jeremy Chaplin-Oviedo June 26 at O’Neil Recreation Center in Glendale.

Youths do not want to lose their futures by doing something really dumb, such as getting involved with drugs, touching things or people they do not have permission to touch, unable to stay out of their own way.
Jana Jackson for K.I.D.S. Foundation offers three educational programs. Athletes for K.I.D.S. (Knowledge Integrity, Discipline, Spirituality) is one of those programs and was available to young men June 26 at O’Neil Recreation Center in Glendale. The other two programs are Space Camp and High-Tech Mentoring: Robots, Drones, Software. The programs are about inspiring students to realize they can achieve anything they set their minds to. Professional athletes interact with and answer questions about how they got to where they are. Students then write about how they related to and are like the athletes they interviewed.
Glendale’s O’Neil Recreation Center, 6448 W. Missouri Ave., hosted the afternoon program. Belinda and Emmanuel Allen founded the ROOTS Recreation and Learning Center Inc. The ROOTS organization (Reaching, Overcoming, Obtaining, Teaching, Supporting) runs the O’Neil Recreation Center.
Pro Athletes Interface
The Pro Athletes Interface is intended to change the thought pattern of youths ages 13 to 18 by connecting them with current and past professional athletes who will serve as role models and mentors (Players Helping K.I.D.S.). Students build social skills during this interaction intended to change the students’ social behaviors toward each other and their community. The athletes use their own experience to promote positive social awareness in the students’ behaviors. Students then produce and make a presentation on their experience and engage their family in a community service project. (Source: http://janajackson4kids.org/)
The Jana Jackson for K.I.D.S. Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that offers free programs to inspire and to educate.
Jackson completed her Bachelor of Science degree in K-12 Science Education from Governors State University, Forest Park, Ill. In between her professional career and raising seven children, Jackson worked on a Ph.D. in educational leadership and special education policy and law.
To learn more about Jackson and the KIDS programs, visit janajackson4kids.org.

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