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VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Information from the Valdosta Police Department-

The 2013 Valdosta Police Department DEFY (Drug Education for Youth) held their graduation last week. 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), the Valdosta City School System, and Behavioral Health Services.

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:  Patrice Smith (Valdosta City Schools), Sergeant Chris Feuerstein (VFD), Officer Vernotis Williams Sr. (VPD), Kayla Ward (Behavioral Health Services), and Officer Paul Tucker (VPD).

Graduates pictured from left to right-Front Row, kneeling:  Eric Winston, Jr., Azerion McDaniel, and Diamond  Gray.

Second Row: Jalen Smith, Kemari Smith, Da'Maya Greene, and Jamya Smith

Not Pictured are mentors – Christopher Griggs (Behavioral Health) and Steven Ross, and graduate Javeon Gifford.

 

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