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From Our Board

The 3rd Annual 21st Century Drug and Violence Prevention Training Conference and Marijuana Symposium concluded on March 20. Our Board convened during conference to discuss special projects and the challenges of increased demand for services. Over 400 participants left excited and energized about L.E.A.D.'s direction and its expansion into other parts of the country.

We're also proud to announce that we recently held trainings in New Jersey and certified over 60 new instructors!

What's Happening

L.E.A.D. Troopers Graduate

CONGRATULATIONS to the New Jersey State Police in graduating 21 new L.E.A.D. Instructors today (4/7) with students from the Jefferson School in the Twp of Union and LEADers from L.E.A.D..


 

Monthly Spotlights

School of the Month


Clayton Public Schools

The Clayton Police Department is located in Gloucester County NJ. They have 16 full-time police officers and 2 part-time SLEO-2 Officers who serve approximately 8,500 residents. The department is headed by Chief Andrew Davis who was sworn into office in August 2016.

Chief Davis, upon being sworn into office, immediately worked to put a proven educational program in place at Clayton’s Public Schools. The Program selected was L.E.A.D. because not only does the program address educating school age children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, but it also addresses a variety of other dangers that kids face every day, such as peer pressure and bullying.

The Program is supported and endorsed by Superintendent Nick Koutsogiannis, Herma-Simmons Elementary Principal Scott Uribe, along with Clayton’s Mayor Thomas Bianco and Council Members.

Chief Davis compiled a team of outstanding veteran officers who are committed to the youth of the community. Ptlm. Donavun Rhodes oversees the L.E.A.D. program and Ptlm. Edward Hyder, Ptlm. Nicholas Carr, and Ptlm. Eduardo Diaz all assist in teaching. These officers perform all the required functions of patrol officers in addition to volunteering to take on the added responsibility of the L.E.A.D. program. On many occasions these officers have sacrificed their own personal time to teach or prepare for a classroom visit. Students and officers are looking forward to the very 1st L.E.A.D. graduating class in June.

L.E.A.D. is currently being taught to approximately 125 5th Grade Students at the Herma Simmons Elementary School. Do to the success of the program it may be expanded to the 8th grade level with the hiring of a School Resource Officer in the near future.

Instructor of the Month


Major Sterling Bishop

 

Major Sterling Bishop is the Director of Drug Prevention for the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office. The Dukes County Sheriff’s Office is located on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts and the first organization in Massachusetts to provide L.E.A.D. in their community schools.

After moving from Boston to Martha’s Vineyard to raise his family in a safer environment, Sterling continued to pursue his passion for working with youth in his community. He began coaching basketball and football at the local high school and began volunteering with several organizations on the island.

In 2017, Sterling was assigned to drug prevention. He quickly became certified to present the L.E.A.D. and Too Good programs under the leadership of Sheriff Robert Ogden to island schools and was able to convince school administration, school committee members, parents, faculty and most importantly, the students that L.E.A.D. was the most effective program to address drug use, bullying and violence.

Sterling’s personal goal is to empower kids to make better decisions by giving them the tools to succeed in whatever they choose to do in life. When he is not in the classroom, you can often find him in the gym, on the field, or spending quality time with his wife and children just having a good time.

Development Opportunities

 

M&D Global and L.E.A.D.

In the next few weeks while out shopping or grabbing a cup of coffee you may see a bright yellow L.E.A.D. banner on a table near the entrance of the store. As you get closer you will be greeted, with a smile, by one of our L.E.A.D. Program Awareness partners from M&D Global. Our partners from M&D Global are working with us to raise awareness and funds for L.E.A.D. across the state.

M&D Global will comply with any and all local requirements regarding permits or licenses. Furthermore, they will only be in front of retail locations with the prior permission of the owner or manager of that retail location. M&D Global will not be conducting any business in residential areas. We will also be posting locations, updated daily, of where they are authorized to be on our website at www.leadrugs.org.

Funds raised by M&D Global will allow us to continue to provide L.E.A.D. workbooks at no cost to any agency or community in New Jersey while also subsidizing the cost of L.E.A.D. training. When you see our M&D Global partners please stop and say hello. At the table, you will also see our program awareness brochure that is given to everyone who visits the table. It has valuable information for citizens who may not have L.E.A.D. in their community about how to go about getting L.E.A.D. in their community.

If you have any questions or would like us to bring a L.E.A.D. table to a retail location in your town, please do not hesitate to call our office at (609) 259-2500.

Support L.E.A.D. on Amazon Smile!

Are you an Amazon customer? Now you can support L.E.A.D. every time you make an eligible purchase using Amazon Smile!

Simply use smile.amazon.com and log in with your Amazon account. When you make a "smile" eligible purchase, a percentage goes to L.E.A.D.!

If you already use Amazon Smile, then simply click here to switch your charity to L.E.A.D.
 

Recycling Program!

Any Officer who assists in securing a location for the placement of a clothing recycling container will receive resources to help your local program.

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