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Final Young Alert And Aware 2004 Cprs Conf


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Final Young Alert And Aware 2004 Cprs Conf

  1. 1. City of Manhattan Beach Child Safety Program YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE Mr. Idris J. Al-Oboudi Recreation Manager [email_address] (CPRS 2004 Conference Program Chair) Cameron Harding, Recreation Coordinator Joyce Fahey, Council Member Linda Reeves, Presenter Al Johnson, Creator and Founder of Young, Alert and Aware Programs
  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>Manhattan Beach Parks & Recreation Vision Statement: “We create community and quality of life through people, parks and recreation </li></ul><ul><li>The effectiveness of Stranger Danger and Young, Alert and Aware in our community have lead us to educate and encourage other cities to take similar action </li></ul><ul><li>BE PRO-ACTIVE “Pay now or pay later”/Stop Problems Before they Arise </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>VIP & DEPT Mission Statement: ·        </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthen Community Image and Sense of Place. </li></ul><ul><li>·        Support Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>·        Strengthen Safety and Security </li></ul><ul><li>·        Promote Health and Wellness </li></ul><ul><li>·        Foster Human Development </li></ul><ul><li>·        Increase Cultural Unity </li></ul><ul><li>·        Protect Environmental Resources </li></ul><ul><li>·        Facilitate Community Problem Solving </li></ul><ul><li>·        Provide Recreational Experiences </li></ul>
  4. 4. Implementation Strategies <ul><li>Communicating the Vision </li></ul><ul><li>Forming Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Professional Competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Strengthening the Park and Recreation Ethic </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrating Results </li></ul><ul><li>Documenting Best Practices </li></ul><ul><li>Impacting Public Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Expanding Resources </li></ul>
  5. 5. Awareness and Safety Training for Parents and Children
  6. 6.     Welcome Joyce Fahey, Council Member City of Manhattan Beach <ul><li>Retired Judge, Los Angeles Court </li></ul><ul><li>Assistant United States Attorney </li></ul><ul><li>Chief, Major Crimes Division </li></ul><ul><li>Chair, Southern California Child Exploitation Task Force </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioner, L.A. County Commission on Children and Families </li></ul><ul><li>Commissioner, L.A. County Children’s Planning Council </li></ul>Linda Reeves Community Volunteer
  7. 7.     Program Goals Heighten Awareness as Parents Provide tools to conduct meaningful dialogue with children in a non-threatening, child-friendly manner Give children the tools they need to help them avoid dangerous situations and to get out of them if they can’t be avoided
  8. 8.     Safety Check List Program Local PD Phone Number into your Cell Phones Develop a Stranger Danger plan with your family Role Play, Role Play, Role Play Always carry a disposable camera with you to take pictures of suspects and their vehicles If you see something wrong – speak up! Help your friends prepare for Stranger Danger Talk to your children about “Instinct”
  9. 9.     Common Myths Myth #1: It won’t happen here According to the National Crime Information Center, 2,200 children are reported missing each day of the year In a one year period there were: 114,000 “attempted” non-family abductions 3,200 non-family abductions 354,000 family abductions The average victim of abduction and murder is an approx. 11-year old girl who is described as a “low-risk”, “average” child with a stable family relationship and has initial contact with the abductor within a quarter mile of her home.
  10. 10.     Common Myths Manhattan Beach 7 Redondo Beach 48 Hermosa Beach 13 Gardena 115 Torrance 144 Myth #2: Registered Sex Offenders Do Not Recognize City Limits Rancho Palos Verdes 5 Palos Verdes Estates 6 Lawndale 59 Hawthorne 128 El Segundo 7
  11. 11.     Common Myths What frightens children is the unknown. Children often become paralyzed with fear when they feel they have lost control Giving children the tools to avoid becoming one of those children can also remove parent’s fears Myth #3: Children will become frightened if we tell them about this A straightforward explanation to them without any details can remove that fear
  12. 12.     Program Description PART ONE: 45-minutes - Parent Education Q&A PART TWO: 45-minutes - Interactive Education for Children Role Play/Skits Ages 4-10 years
  13. 13.     Kid’s Newsletter Copyrighted 2004
  14. 14.     Kid’s Newsletter Copyrighted 2004
  15. 15.     Program Creation Local City Council Public Safety Commission Local Police Crime Prevention Program Parks and Recreation Department Contact Manhattan Beach Team for Assistance OR To Conduct a Presentation Sources of Support
  16. 16.     Manhattan Beach Team Linda Reeves lreeves@intelity . com (310) 318-6721 Joyce Fahey jfahey1@juno . com (310) 200-2845
  17. 17.     THANK YOU THANK YOU Please fill out the evaluation forms
  18. 18. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>BACKGROUND & QUALIFICATIONS </li></ul><ul><li>17 years teaching Special Education </li></ul><ul><li>Currently Resource Specialist at middle school </li></ul><ul><li>30 years experience in Tang Soo Do, Korean Karate (Master of the Martial Arts) </li></ul><ul><li>Creator and Founder of Young, Alert & Aware </li></ul>
  19. 19. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>PROGRAM HISTORY </li></ul><ul><li>18 years </li></ul><ul><li>Police Agency Recommended </li></ul><ul><li>All Encompassing </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive and Fun to Learn </li></ul><ul><li>Successful </li></ul><ul><li>Vital Life Skills </li></ul>
  20. 20. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>NEGATIVE FORCES THAT CHILDREN FACE </li></ul><ul><li>Child Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Molestations </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual abuse by adults and other children </li></ul><ul><li>Drug and alcohol abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Bullies and extreme peer pressure </li></ul><ul><li>Gunfire at or around school </li></ul><ul><li>Kidnappings – at gun point, knife or other aggressive intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Smoking </li></ul>
  21. 21. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>STATISTICS:PARENTAL CONCERNS </li></ul><ul><li>The rate of crimes against people including battery and sexual offenses have increased 17% last year in California </li></ul><ul><li>Prevalence of different crimes by grade levels-but in middle school and increasingly elementary school, crimes against fellow students are most frequent </li></ul><ul><li>At many schools where the racial makeup is mixed, there are understanding and tolerance problems lurking that create tension </li></ul>
  22. 22. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>DO CHILDREN POSSESS VITAL LIFE SKILLS? </li></ul><ul><li>95% of all children DO NOT possess the Vital Life Skills that the Young, Alert and Aware Program imparts……..why??? </li></ul>
  23. 23. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>Children know very little beyond the basics: don’t talk to strangers, just say “NO”, yell for help, don’t get into cars with strangers or accept gifts from them, just run </li></ul><ul><li>THESE ARE NOT ENOUGH TO KEEP THE CHILD AS SAFE AND AWARE AS THEY MUST BE </li></ul>
  24. 24. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>WHAT IS COMPRISED IN YAA? </li></ul><ul><li>Young = Child’s chronological age </li></ul><ul><li>Alert = Physical fitness of the child </li></ul><ul><li>Aware = Mental fitness of the child </li></ul>
  25. 25. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>BODY LANGUAGE </li></ul><ul><li>Its importance to the child’s safety </li></ul><ul><li>At what age can children be taught body language? </li></ul><ul><li>Its importance to adult safety </li></ul>
  26. 26. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>EMERGENCY RUNNING SKILLS </li></ul><ul><li>Six important running skills </li></ul><ul><li>Effective diversions while running </li></ul>
  27. 27. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>REALISTIC PHYSICAL AND MENTAL SELF DEFENSE SKILLS </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of Hip movement as it creates power (mass x acceleration = force) </li></ul><ul><li>Hammer fist </li></ul><ul><li>Spear Hand </li></ul>
  28. 28. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>ADDITIONAL AWARENESS SKILLS CHILDREN WILL LEARN </li></ul><ul><li>Keen environmental Awareness Skills Training </li></ul><ul><li>Proper Physical Fitness (to music) </li></ul><ul><li>The Stop Sign Technique-when threatened </li></ul><ul><li>Street Diversions when in danger </li></ul><ul><li>How to effectively handle bullies </li></ul><ul><li>The Latchkey Child and their safety </li></ul><ul><li>Safety, Awareness and Self Confidence Poetry </li></ul>
  29. 29. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>ADDITIONAL AWARENESS SKILLS </li></ul><ul><li>Weapons and children’s safety </li></ul><ul><li>Identification skills training </li></ul><ul><li>Meditation skills training </li></ul><ul><li>The 3 R’s and How they apply to a child’s safety </li></ul><ul><li>SIC Acronym and it’s importance </li></ul><ul><li>Touches </li></ul>
  30. 30. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>CHILDREN’S TESTIMONIALS HAVING TAKEN THE 8 WEEK PROGRAM </li></ul><ul><li>“ I learned to be safe. I did not feel safe until I had this class” – Alexis, age 8 </li></ul><ul><li>“ I feel safer now that I know much more about awareness and other things” – Danielle, Age 9 </li></ul>
  31. 31. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ I thought this class was very good. It taught me a lot. Now I’m aware of what is going on around me. Now I feel comfortable walking down the street from school knowing if something happens, I know what to do. Thank you very much” – Dhyana Morris, Age 11 </li></ul>
  32. 32. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ I think the Alert and Aware Program was fun and I learned a lot from it. I feel safer now when I roller blade in my neighborhood. I was nervous at first when I came and I didn’t have a lot of energy but when I got familiar with the program I got more confident and got more energy. I like it very much. Thank you Mr. Johnson” – Kelly Fox, Age 11 </li></ul>
  33. 33. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ The class was really great. Now I have become more aware of the people around me. I feel that the class was a good experience. Learning the moves were fun. Now I know what to do if I am in danger. This was a great and fun. I’ll probably remember this all my life” – Tricia Tokubo, Age 11 </li></ul>
  34. 34. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ The Young, Alert and Aware program taught me how the bully or kidnapper thinks and how to backfire their element of surprise. It also taught me how to react to very important and threatening situations” – Lance Jung, Age 12 </li></ul>
  35. 35. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ I used to be really scared of kidnappers coming in the night. Now I have learned what to do if it happens. I really like this class” – Jennifer, Age 8 </li></ul>
  36. 36. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>“ After the last week of the self awareness class I have seen myself improve. I learned or improved my skills in this class. A lot of stuff I saw in the video I wasn’t old enough to do, so next year I might come again.” </li></ul><ul><li>Sincerely, </li></ul><ul><li>Jared Padilla, Age 12 </li></ul>
  37. 37. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>TEACHER CERTIFICATION </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Johnson will train and certify interested staff to teach the Young, Alert and Aware Program (fee to be determined according to enrollment) </li></ul><ul><li>Young, Alert and Aware techniques and training can and should be reinforced in the classroom during the normal school day </li></ul>
  38. 38. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>Teachers will have access to YAA books, music, videos, poetry and workbooks to enhance Young, Alert and Aware skills as well as academic reading, writing and oral communication skills </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers learn vital safety, awareness, self confidence and self defense skills applicable for their use </li></ul>
  39. 39. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>Certification will require eight hours of instruction which can be divided in four 2 hour sessions </li></ul><ul><li>Certified teachers will be paid as independent contractors at a rate of $40 for every hour they instruct </li></ul><ul><li>Each selected teacher will require a background check </li></ul>
  40. 40. YOUNG, ALERT AND AWARE PROGRAM <ul><li>CONTACT INFORMATION </li></ul><ul><li>Al Johnson, President/Founder </li></ul><ul><li>The Young, Alert and Aware Program </li></ul><ul><li>(310) 792-8112 </li></ul><ul><li>Toll free: 1-888-399-6199 </li></ul><ul><li>Pager: 310-799-1947 </li></ul>
  41. 41. TYING IT ALL TOGETHER <ul><li>City of Manhattan Beach Parks & Rec/VIP Mission Statements </li></ul><ul><li>Positive Effects of Programs </li></ul><ul><li>How to Spread to Other Cities </li></ul><ul><li>Questions/Evaluations </li></ul>
  42. 42. CONTACT INFORMATION <ul><li>Joyce Fahey, City of Manhattan Beach Council Member: [email_address] or 310-200-2845 </li></ul><ul><li>Linda Reeves: 310-318-6721 </li></ul><ul><li>Al Johnson, Creator and Founder of Young, Alert and Aware: 1-888-399-6199 (phone), 310-799-1947 (pager) or visit </li></ul>
  43. 43. Contact Information City of Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Department : <ul><li>Mr. Idris Jassim Al-Oboudi </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation Manager [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>310-802-5404 </li></ul><ul><li>Mr. Cameron Harding </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation Coordinator [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>310-802-5435 </li></ul>
  44. 44. Example of Safety Flyers
  45. 45. News Release
  46. 46. Example of Program Add