The Green Beret Project coordinators addressed Dover Capital City Rotary members at their luncheon meeting on March 22 at Maple Dale Country Club.

The project, which includes police officers, volunteers from the Delaware Department of Corrections, military, businesses and the community, offers at-risk youth dynamic programming after school and on weekends. During these sessions, adult cadre build rapport and trust while identifying future young leaders for the program. There is informal and formal mentorship for youth.

As Green Beret Project youth show they are dependable through service projects, regular attendance and responsible behavior, they are asked to become leaders in the organization.

Grades, behavior and home life are monitored to assist and support parents/guardians in keeping kids in school and on-track to graduate. As Green Beret Project youth mature, they are given opportunities to explore their future to include vocational training or college prep. The project’s network of partners offers the potential for part-time jobs and/or apprenticeships.

Operating primarily on volunteers and funding out of personal savings, the Green Beret Project has been able to achieve disproportionate effects with minimal resources as they expand services beyond Dover into Wilmington and New Castle County.

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