Students Receive Valuable Social Skills Lessons (Savannah, Ga.)

Date: May 27, 2013

Once each week, students at the Savannah East Ombudsman Center learn important social skills from an officer in the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department.

Officer Gregory Sublett conducts the weekly workshops as part of the department’s Juvenile Officer Program, which includes important topics such as goal-setting, communications 101, peer intimidation, decision making, gang affiliation, awareness of the positive and negative influences of music, and information about safety at college.

“The programs are incredibly useful for our students and the officers really get them to engage,” Center Director Rashada Tedder said. “The open dialogue format helps to stimulate discussion and provides the students the opportunity to ask really good questions.”

Parents and staff are encouraged to participate in the classes. At the end of the workshop series, students receive a certificate and the police department treats the class to a “completion party” with snacks and video games.

“Our center is delighted we can provide this valuable program to our students,” Tedder said. “The lessons give them the tools to handle situations appropriately and help them overcome some of life’s obstacles.”


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