Greetings brothers and sisters. Throughout the month of February we celebrated Black History; our history; American history. On Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, the Guardians along with the Haitian American Law Enforcement Fraternal Organization (HALEFO), Caribbean Law Enforcement Association (CLEA), African Law Enforcement Organization (ALEO), and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), participated in the annual Black history celebration at One Police Plaza. I would like to thank Guardian member, Detective Michelle Tege and Guardian 1st Vice President, Detective Felicia Richards for chairing this event. Your vision, dedication, and hard work made this event a resounding success.
The theme of the 2016 Black History Month Celebration was “Mentoring”. Mentoring provides young people with the ability to reach new levels of personal growth, academic achievement, and social development. This becomes essential in dealing with the day to day challenges that present themselves on their journey to success. Quality Mentorships can provide for a greater degree of social and economic opportunity. Mentors provide young people access to someone who cares about their future and makes them feel like they matter.
Our community is in urgent need of quality mentors. I urge you to start with your family, your block, your neighborhood. Reach out to a youth in need of a positive role model and invest your most valuable resource into them….time. Remember, successful people never reach their goals alone.