Dallas Police Youth Foundation Receives $60,000 Grant from Verizon

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Pictured from left to right: Dallas Police Youth Foundation President Crista Walker, Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown and Verizon Wireless Public Relations Representative Audrey Lundy

The 2014 fall session of Blue in the School concluded January 22, 2015, with a closing celebration at William Brown Miller Elementary School, where Verizon presented the Dallas Police Youth Foundation with a $60,000 grant. The grant will support the foundation’s outreach efforts to engage and mentor Dallas-area youth.

“Today’s youth face many challenges as they grow up,” said foundation president Crista Walker. “The Dallas Police Youth Foundation supports the efforts of the Dallas Police Department’s youth outreach programs to provide positive interaction between police officers and kids. The officers, while teaching the Six Pillars of Character, are also being positive role models.”

BITS Grant1Blue in the School is a four-week curriculum taught by Dallas Police Officers. The subject matter focuses on six pillars of character: respect, trustworthiness, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown said the program aims to “prevent negative behaviors among students by developing and implementing specifically tailored, age-appropriate curriculum to instill life-long skills for healthy decision-making, problem-solving, negative peer pressure reversal, conflict management and character development.”

Blue in the School launched on October 7, 2013, across 14 Dallas ISD elementary schools. That number increased to 30 by the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester. The program provides life skills to 4th-grade students to help them navigate through life’s difficult choices and become the leaders of tomorrow.

Each of the schools also participated in a HopeLine drive, a national program at Verizon, which collects used cell phones from any wireless carrier to be recycled or donated to domestic violence agencies. William Brown Miller Elementary School collected the most devices for HopeLine and won a class party and celebration from Verizon.

The Dallas Police Youth Foundation is very grateful to be the recipient of Verizon’s grant.