***Attached is a photograph of the 2012 Valdosta Police Department DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) graduates and their mentors.***
Valdosta, GA -- March 19, 2012 --
DEFY consists of educating youth about team building, peer pressure, and the dangers of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco. The program lasts one year and begins with a one week summer camp (leadership phase) and continues for one Saturday each month for the rest of the year. The program is open to children 8 to 11 years of age. DEFY is funded by the City of Valdosta, it is a program designed to educate our youth about the dangers of drugs, and also gives youth lessons on life skills. Mentors this year were from the Valdosta Police Department (VPD), the Valdosta Fire Department (VFD), and the Pinevale Learning Center (PLC). If anyone is interested in next year’s program, which begins this summer, please contact Officer Vernotis Williams at 229-292-7785.
Mentors pictured from left to right on the back row: Officer Steven Ross (VPD), Officer Paul Tucker (VPD), Sergeant Chris Feuerstein (VFD), and Officer Vernotis Williams, Sr. (VPD).
Graduates pictured from left to right-Front Row: Alijah Patterson, Devin Reynolds, and Ronald Gordon, Jr.
Second Row: Kyshon Lowe, Alissia Spencer, Jordan Herring, Jaylin Johnson, and Christopher
Not Pictured: Mentors - Officer Carla Jones (VPD) and Mrs. Patrice Smith (Pinevale Learning Center).
Graduate – Rashad Copeland