This honor was presented to him recently at the Association’s Annual Fall Seminar held at the Wild Acres Gym in Overland.
The Corrigan-Wiesman Partnership Award is given out on an annual basis for a program or service, which enhances the work of SLCJJA members, and thus benefits young people. Recipients are individuals, agencies, organizations or businesses that go beyond their scope of service in developing new programs that reach or positively affect a large number of children, age 17 and under, in St. Louis County.
The Hazelwood Youth Leadership Academy came to fruition through inspiration provided by the Hazelwood Police Department in consultation with the following community partners: Hazelwood School District; St. Louis County Family Court; Community Action Agency (CAA) of St. Louis County; and Academic Certified Enrichment Services, LLC. It is a 12-week program designed to help “at-risk” youth who may be having disciplinary problems at school and/or trouble related to minor law violations which involves the Juvenile Division of the Family Court.
The Academy is governed by a Board of Managers from the partner organizations with the Hazelwood Police Chief serving as Chair. They review the student profiles and play a key role in choosing the participants. Each Academy class is limited to 20 individuals from grades 8, 9, and 10 who attend Hazelwood West High and Middle Schools. The Board of Managers may approve teens from other areas and schools depending on their individual needs and that of the Academy.
“Some of these kids have made pretty bad decisions,” said Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf. “Hopefully, if we can change their attitude and make them understand that the choices they make not only affects them and their future, but also the people around them, they can form the leadership skills necessary to become more productive members of society.”
This 12-week program is based on the leadership curriculum provided by the Community Action Agency (CAA) of St. Louis County through its “Step Up to Leadership Program: A Curriculum for Developing Community Leaders,” and “Academic Certified Enrichment Services’ “Paths to Leadership through Literacy Program.” Upon completion of the Academy, participants and their families are invited to a formal graduation dinner with other Academy partners, special guests, as well as state and local dignitaries.
Local Police Chief Honored for Helping Youth — (left to right) Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf accepts the 2010 Corrigan-Wiesman Partnership Award from Deputy Juvenile Officer William Clemons, who is a board member of the St. Louis County Juvenile Justice Association. Chief Wolf was honored for his efforts in creating the Hazelwood Youth Leadership Academy.