Youth Crime Watch (YCW) of Miami-Dade has received a multitude of requests for YCW services from the Miami-Dade schools for the 2010-2011 school year. Various schools have already implemented or reinstated YCW programs (clubs) at their school site. Although we have not been able to fulfill numerous YCW presentation requests from the Miami-Dade schools due to our budget being reduced in half, we are very grateful to M-DCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, M-DCPS School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, and M-DCPS School Police Chief Charles Hurley for the funding they obtained for us. Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County welcomes new M-DCPS School Board Members: Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall (District 2), Carlos Curbelo (District 7), and Raquel A. Regalado (District 6).
Bullying and Cyberbullying Prevention education is a key component in curbing the tragedies that occur due to Bullying & Cyberbullying. Numerous of the YCW presentation requests from Miami-Dade schools are for Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention presentations and assemblies. In lieu of recent Bullycide incidents, Bullying & Cyberbullying has received an increase of national, governmental, and media attention in addressing the problem. However, many people still see Bullying as a “rite of passage” and “part of growing up”. Youth Crime Watch of Miami-Dade County ‘s Bullying & Cyberbullying presentations focus on dispelling that myth and instructs students on various aspects of Bullying & Cyberbullying; including its ramifications and legal consequences, prevention/ responding skills for victims, the role of the bystander, and on anonymous reporting methods. YCW utilizes the iconic McGruff the Crime Dog with his “It’s A Beautiful Life, not a Bullyful Life” Safety Celebration dance and messages in many YCW Bullying Prevention Assemblies at the Miami-Dade elementary schools. Evidence-based data has proven that student-led Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention education has been instrumental in reducing Bullying incidents in many school sites. YCW of Miami-Dade County trains YCW school programs (clubs) on spearheading school-wide YCW Bullying & Cyberbullying Prevention campaigns and activities.