Those Who Protect Us Press Release

(This press release led to an article published by the Grand Valley Lanthorn on 2/19/17)

GVSU event educates local at-risk youth



GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. ― Those Who Protect Us, an event named Program of the Year and Most Educational Program by GVSU’s Office of Student Life in 2016, will take place on February 18, 2017.


Grand Valley State University’s Criminal Justice Student Association (CJSA) is pairing with Pals Student Mentoring program to provide at-risk youth in the Grand Rapids community with an opportunity to address and change misperceptions they may have regarding law enforcement and public safety officials.


“At-risk youth are generally those who are exposed to crimes, violence, and drugs within their neighborhood,” said Chad Jackson, coordinator of Those Who Protect Us. “This event provides a safe and welcoming environment in which kids can learn and engage in educational activities and are given the opportunity to foster positive relationships with public safety figures in the community.”


At the event, children will be placed in groups where they will travel to different stations that include firemen, police officers, paramedics, and other various educators. Firetrucks, an ambulance, police cars, and a K-9 unit will be there for students to experience and interact with. As well, lunch and prizes will be handed out to the children.


“We value the importance of educating children about what the criminal justice professionals in their community do in order to keep them safe from harm,” said Jackson. “I am excited to see what new heights this event reaches and how many lives are positively impacted due to this event.”


Those Who Protect Us

February 18, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

William Seidman Center Room 1008

Grand Valley State University

50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504


Contact: Lelah Davis, Public Relations Coordinator, GVSU Pals Student Mentors

Voice: (269) 275 7035



Aaron Robert, Public Relations Coordinator, GVSU Pals Student Mentors

Voice: (586) 216 7281



Mariah Modson, President, GVSU Pals Student Mentors

Voice: (734) 620 0851



Chad Jackson, President, Criminal Justice Students’ Association

Voice: (616) 889 6781



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