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ADMIN: Recap on today’s string of updates 8-15-2012

Hi Folks!

Doing this media stuff is hard work!  Whew!  After a long while since the last update on this Blog, I’ve finally gotten around to finally editing down the many pictures from events we’ve participated in over the past few months.

Here’s a quick recap of the updates I posted today, many of which have been backdated to be in chronological order:

1) BOOF Presented to NCPP 5/30/12

2) South San Francisco Launched Ferry Service to Oakland & Alameda 6/4/12

3) Dr. Jei Africa honored with a 2012 KQED LGBT Local Hero Award 6/5/12

4) NCPP Youth Coalition presents their RAMA project to Daly City Council 6/25/12

5) Interns from the Office of Diversity & Equity present on their Experience 7/20/12

6) Asian American Recovery Services is hiring a Family Partner ASAP in South San Francisco 8/15/12

 

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-AL

COMMUNITY: So. San Francisco National Night Out Event 08-07-2012

Join NCPP and the South San Francisco Community Coalition for Safe Neighborhoods on Tuesday August 7th in celebrating our local incarnation of National Night Out.  Read the description below for more info. 

The History of NATW and National Night Out

The National Association of Town Watch (NATW) is a nonprofit, crime prevention organization which works in cooperation with thousands of crime watch groups and law enforcement agencies throughout the country. Since 1981, NATW has been dedicated to the development, growth and maintenance of organized crime and drug prevention programs nationwide. NATW’s network has grown to include over 6,500 crime, drug and violence prevention organizations.

National Night Out, ‘America’s Night Out Against Crime,’ was introduced by the Association in 1984. The program was the brainchild of NATW Executive Director Matt A. Peskin.

In an effort to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anticrime efforts, Peskin felt that a high-profile, high-impact type of crime prevention event was needed nationally. At that time, he noted that in a typical ‘crime watch community’, only 5 to 7% of the residents were participating actively. Due to the growth and success of these programs, he felt this percentage was too low. Subsequently, he proposed a national program which would be coordinated by local crime prevention agencies and organizations – but that would involve entire communities at one time. The first National Night Out was introduced early in 1984 – with the event culminating on the first Tuesday in August.

That first year, 400 communities in 23 states participated in National Night Out. Nationwide, 2.5 million Americans took part in 1984. The seed had been planted. In subsequent years, participation has grown steadily. The 28th Annual National Night Out last August involved 37.0 million people in 15,110 communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide.National Night Out 2012 will culminate on August 7th. Over 15,500 communities are expected to take part. (Texas will celebrate on October 2nd.)

While the traditional ‘lights on’ and front porch vigils remain a part of NNO, activities have expanded considerably over the years to include block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from police, festivals, neighborhood walks, safety fairs, contests, rallies and meetings.

Peskin said, “It’s a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out does represent the kind of spirit, energy and determination that is helping to make many neighborhoods safer places throughout the year. It [NNO] is a night to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes – and to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.”

(From: National Night Out 2012 Website)

 

(Click on the image below to view and download PDF version.)

 

 

YOUTH: NCPP Youth Coalition Presents to Daly City Council Meeting 6-25-2012

Since September 2011, the NCPP Youth Coalition had been working on an academic-year-long project on Responsible Alcohol Merchant Awards (RAMA) in Daly City.  NCPP youth received technical assistance throughout the year from Youth Leadership Institute (YLI), with trainings on Environmental Prevention, Data Collection & Analysis, and Building a Findings & Recommendations Report.  In the Spring of this year, the youth have been collecting data on the number of alcohol retail outlets within a two-mile radius of Jefferson High School.  Once the data was collected and analyzed, the youth chose 10 of the closest alcohol retail outlets within walking distance of Jefferson High to conduct observational surveys.  The results of those surveys were then organized with the help of YLI, and the youth presented their Findings & Recommendations Report at the June 25, 2012 meeting of the City Council of Daly City.  The presentation was well-received!  Check out the link to the video below (presentation is within the first 5 minutes of the video).

(After clicking link, scroll down to June 25, and click “View video”)
http://www.dalycity.org/City_Hall/Meeting_Agendas_and_Minutes/City_Council.htm

LGBTQQIA: Dr. Jei Africa Receives KQED LGBT Local Hero Award 6-5-2012

Each year, local public television station KQED celebrates the diversity of our community with a special lineup of programs during each Heritage Month (list below).  In addition, KQED honors outstanding individuals during each Heritage Month with a Local Hero Award, given to a selected few nominated by the general public.

Our very own Dr. Jei Africa, the health equity initiatives manager of the Office of Diversity & Equity, under the Behavioral Health and Recovery Services department of San Mateo County, was honored for her work in providing leadership and guidance to promote effective and culturally responsive services into the core functioning of county health services. Jei is also a licensed clinical psychologist and a certified addiction treatment counselor, and maintains a consulting and private psychotherapy practice in San Francisco.  Jei was honored alongside fellow 2012 awardees Jeff Cotter of Rainbow World Fund (RWF), Roger Doughty of Horizons Foundation, and Tom Nolan of Project Open Hand!

The awards ceremony was held in the beautiful Castro Theater, and none other than screenwriter, director, and producer Dustin Lance Black hosted!

Congratulations Jei, Jeff, Roger, and Tom !!

 

KQED List of Heritage Months:
Black History (February)
Women’s History (March)
Asian Pacific American Heritage (May)
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender [LGBT] (June)
Latino Heritage (September)
Disability Culture (October)
American Indian Heritage (November)