Leesburg Police and Boys & Girls Clubs partner in LEAD-ership against drugs and violence

The Leesburg Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida took half in the Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence (L.E.A.D.) program final month, and the younger members in their program graduated on April 19.

Leesburg Police Department and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida have been working collectively to direct a pilot program to show a curriculum applied by L.E.A.D. (Law Enforcement Against Drugs & Violence).

L.E.A.D., which organizers guarantee is evidence-based, is a nationwide nonprofit that works with communities to assist college students perceive the hazards of drugs and violence.

The program includes some 3,800 educated instructors throughout 44 states, and its curriculum is taught over the course of a 10-week program to coach youth on how they will make good selections with out the involvement of drugs or violence.

Taking the L.E.A.D. as teacher this spherical, Leesburg Police Sgt. Shannon Walsh instructed children in the sixth grade via highschool, and she mentioned she plans on educating youngsters in decrease grades on the membership at a later date.

“Sgt. Walsh began her professional career advocating for the safety of children, and she’s continued that mission in her current role as community services sergeant at Leesburg Police Department,” Police Chief Robert Hicks said in a press statement.

Along with Walsh, officials from the police department, the Lake County School Board, Lake County commissioners, L.E.A.D.’s vice president of program development, Beth Jones and, of course, parents attended the graduation ceremony.

This article originally appeared on Daily Commercial: Leesburg Boys & Girls Clubbers graduate from L.E.A.D. program

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