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The Cotillion Scholarship Program Presents “Safe Encounters”


The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women's Clubs, Inc. - Toledo Adult and Youth Clubs, Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs presented a special workshop entitled, "Safe Encounters" to students participating in the Cotillion Scholarship Program on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 6:00 pm at Keyser Elementary School.  


Trevor Black introduced both club presidents, Frances Collins, PhD, of the Toledo Club and Linda Collins from the Maumee Bay Club.  The presidents greeted the guests and started the workshop.


Patti Poston, first vice president and program chairman from Maumee Bay Club, shared the purpose of "Safe Encounters.” This program is designed to promote safe interactions between police and citizens, particularly youth and young adults. In view of the rise in police shootings, it is essential that the clubs help young people learn how to respond when approached by law enforcement.  

The anticipated outcome is to build or re-establish wholesome relationships between young people, especially minorities, and law enforcement personnel. 


Toledo Policeman and Sheriff Deputies, Michael Byrd, John Hicklin and Matt Luettke, partnered with NANBPWC Inc., to bring awareness and answer questions to help high school students become more knowledgeable.  Over 80 students from the Cotillion Debutantes, Deb's N Waiting, Escorts and Youth Club members were present to hear very important facts about ways to respond if stopped by the police.  Twenty adult club members also attended the workshop.


Toledo Youth Club President Jordan Collins, Maumee Bay Youth President Kennedy Harpe, and Toledo Youth Club Vice President Jada Collins gave the “Do's and Don't” when interacting with police officers.  


Denise Black-Poon, Toledo Club first vice president and program chairman gave pointers on "What to do if you are stopped by the police.”  


Questions were addressed and the officers gave suggestions, life stories, scenarios and lots of insight that helped paint a better picture on what could happen in different situations. 


Wilma Brown, Cotillion scholarships/education chairman, Karen Jarrett and Denise Caldwell continue to bring quality workshops for the youth each week and encourage them to be courteous,  responsible and set goals. Officer John Hicklin also asked youth to set goals and be overachievers. Each officer believes mutual respect is the biggest part of "Safe Encounters"  


The officers received certificates from the Toledo and Maumee Bay Adult and Youth Clubs for their special commitments and service to the community. 






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Revised: 08/16/18 14:12:10 -0700.



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