Queens DA Announces Anti-Violence Program
At a breakfast meeting at Goldie Maple Academy last month the Queens District Attorney’s office announced the continuation of the anti-gun and anti-violence program, Star Track. Assistant District Attorney Frederica Jeffries, standing in for DA Richard Brown, said the Rockaway-only program began in 1993 and currently has eight schools participating. Assistant district attorneys act as mentors to the youth who participate in the program which stresses drug and gang awareness education, and focuses on self esteem, peer mediation, and conflict resolution.
Among the highlights of the program will be: ‘Say No To Violence Week’ that will take place March 19 to March 24, when speakers will visit participating schools to talk with students, and the winners of an art and essay contest will be announced; and the ‘Say Yes To Tennis, Say No To Violence’ event at the U.S.T.A. Billie Jean King National Tennis Center to be held in May.
Among the other initiatives for young people hosted by Brown’s office are Operation Summer Fun, which began in 1993, and the Law Enforcement Explorers program.