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PRYSE Sets Goals For Year

PRYSE Sets Goals For Year

The Project for Rockaway Youth in Safety and Education (PRYSE) hosted training programs on March 20 and 21, (planned in consultation with The Action Center of Washing-ton D.C., a technical assistance group funded through Safe Schools/ Healthy Students.) The first session was held at the PRYSE Office, 1288 Central Avenue in Far Rock-away. The second session was held at The Beach Club in Rockaway Park. The trainer was Bob Harri-son, from Keystone Consulting.

On the first day of the training at our office, members of the PRYSE Steering Committee revisited their current Vision and Mission statement.

"Our vision is, a safe, inclusive, beautiful and unified community where generations of children and families are socially, emotionally, physically, academically, and economically healthy and strong."

Our mission is, "to mobilize our community and all its stakeholders to integrate, coordinate, strengthen, and develop resources and services and to create the trust necessary to support our children, youth and families as caring, capable, responsible, and resilient individuals."

A strong gathering of community residents and PRYSE Steering Committee members attended the second day of training at The Beach Club. According to Harrison, the organization’s trainer, leadership consists of having a vision, mission and core values. He also stated that "everybody matters" in the coalition and collaboration process. We focus-ed on what will bring the greatest benefit to the majority of the community.

The PRYSE Steering Committee learned a great deal from Harrison’s training. Of specific interest is un-derstanding empowerment. The message that Mr. Harrison brought to the group is that all community stakeholders have something to offer when it comes to leadership and empowerment. "In order for us to be effective, the most precious and important power is, to develop and invest in human capital. When individuals work together for a common good, then results occur."

Four very active sub-committees will meet monthly. These sub-committees were formed to guide and strengthen the work of community building here in the Rockaways. Community residents and stakeholders are invited to join these sub-committees to share their input and knowledge. The subcommitees are: Community & School Safety; Educa-tion & After School Initiatives; Community Development and Early Childhood Intervention & Family Support.

In addition, PRYSE has funded the Addabbo/PRYSE Community Resource Center provides a full range of services at no cost that helps link people to the resources they need. The organization also offers short-term counseling to strengthen individuals and families. To learn more about the Addabbo/ PRYSE Community Resource Cen-ter, you can call 718-327-8306.

Officials of the organization say that they are extremely proud of the 37 percent reduction in crime in the Rockaway community. While they say that PRYSE, alone, cannot take credit for this reduction, they believe that they know that the organization played an important role in helping to reduce youth violence and strengthen families.

PRYSE has implemented many school-based and community-focus-ed programs since its establishment in June, 2000 that have positively impacted the community.

The next Steering Committee meeting will be held Friday, April 11, 2003, 9:30 a.m. at the Addabbo/ PRYSE Community Resource Cen-ter located at 1288 Central Avenue, Far Rockaway (rear entrance).


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