CITY OF CAPE
MAKING THE RIGHT TURNS
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
"Making the Right Turns" consists of a series of three sessions, in a classroom setting after normal school hours, for middle school (Grades 6-7-8) students. The meetings are led by Cape Coral Police School Resource Officer Joe Citro, who created the program. Each session includes discussion, visual aids, handouts and interaction with parents. The purpose of the program is to help students make better decisions and become more successful in everyday life.
2. When was program created and why?
The program was created about one year ago by Officer Citro in response to the upward trend in juvenile arrests and what Officer Citro sensed as an increased number of juveniles "sitting on the fence," who could go either way (right or wrong path) when faced with the normal stresses and choices of everyday life.
3. How do you measure the program's effectiveness?
The grades and behavior of each student are monitored by Officer Citro. This includes off-campus behavior. The student's demeanor toward authority, parents, school administration, and peers is also monitored. Students who display improved grades (and those who maintain already high grades) and a positive attitude are judged to be successful participants. Those who do not are readily identified as children who need additional assistance and attention.
4. How is the program financed?
The host school (currently Caloosa Middle School) provides the classroom and materials needed for the three sessions. The School District of Lee County donates transportation and food for the participants. Officer Citro volunteers his time for the program.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at all? How has the community responded to the program?
The community has responded in a very positive fashion. Newspaper and television coverage has been extremely favorable. The Caloosa Middle School administration, the School District, and the Office of the State Attorney have all praised the program. Most importantly, the students and their parents have wholeheartedly endorsed the program.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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