Crimestoppers Teen Ambassadors Against Crime (TAAC) Leadership Program will help students gain a better understanding of the criminal justice arena, including the role that students can and do play in community safety. The goal of the TAAC program is to give students an opportunity to directly engage with law enforcement and other community partners while becoming educated and empowered to serve as crime prevention role models in their schools and communities.
TAAC teaches students about the costs and consequences both personally and economically of crime, their rights and responsibilities as citizens, and their ability to bring about meaningful change through advocacy and service, while grooming them as future leaders who will leave a positive footprint in our community. Ambassadors will be challenged to address the "no snitch" culture and to foster the message of empowerment of our Safe School Program.
Interactive Hands-On Education
The TAAC program is designed to teach youth how to examine violence and law-related issues in the context of their schools and communities and how to apply what they learn to real-life circumstances. Students learn about the different types of crime, the costs and consequences of crime, conflict management strategies, how crime affects communities, and what community prevention programs and services are available to them. The program increases social responsibility in teens, educates them about the law, reduces their potential for victimization, and engages them in making their homes, schools, and communities safer.
Teen Ambassadors selected for 2016-2017 will have the opportunity to participate in:
• ROPES Leadership Course
• Youth Peace Congress featuring professional speakers and community leaders.
• Engaging with Community Resources: Listen to and interact with guest speakers who are prominent members of the local crime prevention and criminal justice community
• Mock Trial
• Tour of Orleans Parish Prison and conversation with rehabilitated parolees.
• Networking for student internships and the opportunity to compete for a possible scholarship.
• Service learning projects where teens will apply what they have learned to help inform and inspire their peers to be involved in crime prevention
Get Involved with TAAC!
To learn more about our Teen Ambassadors Against Crime Leadership Program, and how you or your school can be involved for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact the Crimestoppers office by calling (504) 837-8477. You can also email one of our staff for more information:
President and CEO, Darlene Cusanza: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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