Say NO! NO! NO! to drugs!, Say YES to a drug free year! Drug free year! A pep squad does a number at Corrigan's monthly YO! meeting.
Corrigan Leaders Serious About Dealing With Youth and Keeping Them on the Right Track, CORRIGAN, September 30, 2013 - Local leaders in the Corrigan area have volunteered their time to make a huge difference in their community by taking time for their youth. Many were on hand at their monthly Youth Overcomers (YO!) meeting. Members from Corrigan City Council and other leaders such as Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson are very serious about dealing with youth from a very young age in hopes of keeping kids from falling into the drug culture. YO! President, Joe Walker, has found a calling, to make dealing with youth his mission in life in order to keep kids from making the same mistakes that he made. Walker explained to the kids how he had a full football scholarship to play for Sam Houston, but that he blew it when he made the wrong choices and got into drugs. Drug free now for over 19 years, Walker is adamant and speaks with passion to the kids. "If I can just make a difference in one kid's life, it'll all be worth it..." Walker said. Other speakers included Corrigan Police Chief, Darrell Gibson. "The hardest part of my job is having to knock on a parents door and tell them that their child is dead", he said. "When you get into drugs, you're headed in that direction". "Stay away from drugs, I don't want to knock on your parents door", Gibson said. "Parents, you must look at your children's Facebook, you must monitor their emails", "They're not going to like it, but you have to look if you really care", Gibson said.
More Than Drug Awareness...
On this night (October 28, 2013), the meeting also made a point to talk about bullying and the dangers of bullying. A group of students did a skit about a young teen who was being bullied at school and ends up dying as a result of bullying. Bullying can take place right under a teachers nose and they don't even know. The consequences of bullying can ultimately lead to death by drugs or suicide in a kid's life.
For more information on how you can get involved in YO, call Walker at (936) 634-7605 or the Corrigan Housing Authority at (936) 398-5351.
YO! President, Joe Walker has a fervant calling in life to reach out to the youth of his community.
Corrigan Police Chief, Darrell Gibson addresses the gathering of youngsters and parents.
Officer James Hight and Canine Officer Leigh do a demonstration. Leigh is a highly trained police dog with years of experience (and there's nothing cute about her). But Leigh is a pretty dog :)
There was a second police dog on hand.
Corrigan City Manager, Darrian Hudman sang an entire song about keeping God in the USA.
For the program to have success, adult leaders from the community must step forward. YO! has been blessed with good people who are willing to take their time for the youth.
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