Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has received $10,000 from the State Farm Foundation Good Neighbor Grant Program to support Crime Stoppers’ Keeping Every Youth Safe Alliance Youth Leadership program.
Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa has been chosen as a recipient of this grant for the third consecutive year to work in partnership with State Farm and its local agents to improve the community’s quality of life through safety, prevention and education.
The vision of Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa is to create a safe, secure world through justice, a news release from Crime Stoppers said. In keeping with this vision, Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa started its Student Crime Stoppers initiative for Tangipahoa Parish in October 2011. CST partnered with Tangipahoa — Reshaping Attitudes for Community Change and formed the K.E.Y.S Alliance.
The KEYS Alliance acts as a prevention (not therapy) program for youth and offers a variety of resources on healthy lifestyles, safety, leadership, communication skills and an opportunity to meet other people in the community who share the ideals of a drug-free and crime-free life, Crimestoppers said. The K.E.Y.S. Alliance is open to youths ages 13 to 18 in Tangipahoa Parish and is always accepting applications.
“We are very excited to be supporting Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and their youth safety programs. When State Farm gives back to Ponchatoula and the surrounding community through our grant funding, some of the world’s most pressing problems are addressed,” said Patty Hubert, Ponchatoula State Farm agent.
“In this case, our Good Neighbor Citizenship grant will help Crime Stoppers provide our local youth with life skills and leadership opportunities that will help them make better decisions. The program provides an opportunity for them to learn the facts about distracted driving, internet safety, alcohol and drug abuse, and other issues.”
Additional funding for this program is provided by the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, with which CST is a Community Partner Agency and the American Medical Association.
The K.E.Y.S. Alliance will offer two free summer camp sessions on June 26 and June 27 and on July 31 and Aug. 1. For an application, call TRACC at (985) 748-3211 or CST at (985) 662-5557 or via email at email@example.com. Facebook pages are www.facebook.com/keysalliance and www.facebook.com/tangicrimestoppers.