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For Immediate Release                                                                                                            Contact Information:
                                                                                                                             Linda Henecke, President & CEO
                                                                                                                                           (319) 377-8993, X105
                                                                                                                                              lindah@beabigcr.org

NEW INITIATIVE BUILDS A SAFER, STRONGER COMMUNITY
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA- April 24, 2013

What:           
A press conference will be held to announce a new partnership formed in Cedar Rapids. This partnership will build a safer, stronger community for area residents.  Building on the expertise of local partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa Inc. will mentor youth who have been arrested and involved with juvenile courts. 

Who:              
Cedar Rapids Police Department: Cristy Hamblin, Sergeant, (319) 360-9411, C.hamblin@cedar-rapids.org
Cedar Rapids Police Department: Shannon Stokesberry, Police Officer, (319) 540-6723, S.stokesberry@cedar-rapids.org
Linn County Juvenile Justice Center: Betty Hopkins, Juvenile Court Office IV, Sixth Judicial District, (319) 398-3545 x2108,  Betty.Hopkins@iowacourts.gov
Cedar Rapids Community Schools: Jen Lehman, Transition Specialist, (319) 533-1835, Jlehman@cr.k12.ia.us
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America: Charles Pierson, CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa Inc.: Linda Henecke, President and CEO, (319) 377-8993

When:            
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:45pm

Where:           
Cedar Rapids Police Department
505 First St. SW, Cedar Rapids

How:              
This nation-wide initiative, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, will reduce the incidence of juvenile delinquency, truancy and other high-risk behaviors of youth that can lead to involvement in the juvenile justice system. It will also increase the number of protective factors such as educational opportunities and parental engagement through participation in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence based one-to one mentoring programs. Charles Pierson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will celebrate these partnerships and the first 3 youth referred for mentoring services!  Partners include:  Cedar Rapids Police Department, Linn County Juvenile Justice Center and Cedar Rapids Community Schools.  The initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  Cedar Rapids Police Officer Shannon Stokesberry will speak about her involvement as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the positive impact that has on youth.  Officer Stokesberry is working to recruit other police officers to the program.

Additional Information:              
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For additional information, please visit: BeABigCR.org or contact Linda Henecke.

Photo Opportunity:  
A chance to get photos of all parties in attendance.

                                                                                                                                               

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