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Minutes: The Youth Programs of the SBPD (02/11/15)

February 17, 2015

Guests: Sgt. Riley Harwood, Alicia Ostarello, Adrian Gutierrez , Kasi Corbett, Brian Kerr, Irene Rinta,


  • Thanks to Steve Kally for leading the Ojai hike and breakfast.
  • Diana Washburn reported that we have now delivered 284 dictionaries to 3rd graders at Washington, McKinley, and Roosevelt schools. We will be delivering to Franklin, Adams, Hope, and Peabody. Contact Diana if you want to help deliver dictionaries.
  • SKR invited members to volunteer at the upcoming Dental Clinic on February 20 at the Eastside Dental Clinic, 923 N. Milpas St. Fifty people of all ages will be served with major dental work. Rotarians will provide dental education.
  • The Weird 30th Birthday Party information is outdated as of 2/13. See next week!
  • Members are invited to help with an eye surgery clinic in Celaya, Mexico on April 17 and 18. Others will make a trip from April 15-23. Contact Bill Abel with questions.
  • Rotary District 5240 will participate in a NID (National Immunization Day) February 13-24, 2015 in India. It will be led by PDG Anil Garg. Chris Tucker is going! He’s one of about 18 representatives from the district.
  • It’s not too late to make your donations to The Rotary Foundation and our club’s foundation. We want 100% participation. We are at 75% participation! This is how we fund our local and international service projects, including all our current work in Nicaragua and the dental clinic.
    We’ll be raising additional money to find water filters. We’ll be looking for $12,000. Filters are about $23 each.
  • Lucille Ramirez announced next week’s duties. Greeters: Liz Alves, Lucille Ramirez; Invocation: Chris Tucker; Flag Pledge: David Velarde; Raffle: David Vo; Sgt. At Arms: Joe Weiland
  • Fun fact: Weird Al won his 4th Grammy. “Weird Al” Yankovic has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, and he’s won four times — which, ironically, is more than can be said for many of the artists that he has parodied over the years.
  • Irene, director of Kids Engineering 101, has summer camps lined up, and she’s looking for a location to host the camp. It would be three weeks – mid-June to mid-July for about 12 kids at a time. She needs a classroom setup. She’ll be speaking to our club on April 1.
  • In honor of Valentine’s Day, we watched Weird Al video, “One More Minute.”
  • Janet Napier won the raffle.
  • Pay and Tell with Sgt at Arms Eric Ryan.
  • Fun fact: Liz Alves visited all 21 California Missions.

Program: Dana Goba introduced Sgt. Riley Harwood to talk about “Santa Barbara Police Department Youth Programs.”

  • Their youth programs are intended as crime prevention efforts. Most target at-risk youth.
  • He oversees community programs.
  • The GREAT (Gang Resistance Education And Training) program is now being piloted in Santa Barbara elementary schools. It’s a 6-week program, which usually focuses on 5th grade. It’s similar to DARE, but not focusing on drugs.
    Officer Adrian Gutierrez shared some of his experiences with the program. He has been with the department for 15 years. He’s also a team leader with the hostage negotiation team.
  • Bryan Kerr spoke about PAL (the Police Activities League).It serves about 400-450 kids per year. They give scholarships to kids for local camps. The Campership Alliance came in when a lot of agencies were seeing scholarships go unfulfilled. They wanted to reach the families that really needed it. The Campership Alliance helps connect the families to the programs — with financial support and transportation. PAL is funded by donations.
  • There’s a teen center now at 1235 Chapala Ave. They run youth programs every day after school. They have a drop-in tutoring program for ages 11-18. Their flagship program is a Youth Leadership Council. They help them learn how to get into college.
  • Casi Corbett described the Explorer program, which is a scouting program.It aims to develop youth for careers in the criminal justice field. For awhile, they didn’t have qualified local applicants for police officer positions. They currently have 25 Explorers and a waitlist. It’s for people ages 18-24 who are interested in becoming police officers in the future. They attend competitions where the participants go through mock law enforcement activities. Last year they volunteered more than 1300 hours. The program is self funded. The students lead fundraisers. They attend a stressful two-week training program that’s like police academy. Half of the group is female.
  • As a token of our appreciation for the speakers, the club will donate 15 dictionaries to local 3rd graders in their honor.
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