A Carencro Police Officer is doing what she can to save at-risk-youth. She implemented a program where students help each other to stay focused.
Carencro Middle School is a “Leader In Me” school that teaches students about development and self-empowerment. “They are able to let things out that normally have been kept behind walls they create,” says school principal Jeff Janette.
It’s those walls school resource officer Corporal Adrian Willis tackles using a program she implemented at the school. It’s the Carencro Police Department Teens and Police Program (TAPP).
“All the students do have leadership abilities; it’s just a matter of tapping into the different types that we have. Once we are able to find that and they’re able to realize that then they are able to make the most of it,” adds Janette.
Corporal Willis has fifteen students taking part in the program She says the students meet at least twice a week to share experiences and lessons learned. “Grades, attendance, bullying, anger management and whatever they want to talk about,” explains Willis.
Willis introduced TAPP to Carencro Middle at the start of the school year. “Every choice you make today is in some kind of way going to impact your future. It can impact it either positively or negatively. You got to make the choice,” says Corporal Willis.
For this school resource officer, a young mind untapped is a future that could be lost. “I am thinking win-win. I want them to succeed,” says Willis.