Students from the Learn 2 Earn middle school program at Outreach Community Center in Carol Stream (OCC) recently completed the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education)/G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program. Officer Pablo Castro facilitated the classes that met each Friday during the summer. Students learned drug resistance skills and were provided a tour of the Glendale Heights police department where they learned about various career opportunities within the criminal justice field.

At their commencement, Carol Stream Mayor Frank Saverino shared encouraging words of support with the students and several Carol Stream officers were in attendance. A buffet breakfast was also sponsored by the Carol Stream Police Department.

“The D.A.R.E./G.R.E.A.T. program taught students valuable skills to help them live lives free from substance abuse, gang involvement and other dangerous behaviors,” says Chantel Gamboa, OCC junior high program director. “Now the students are not only equipped with these skills, but are benefitting from positive relationships with police officers in their community and are excited about their future.”

Superb Student Program (SSP) is designed for 6th through 8th grade students and meets after school. SSP combines homework completion, recreation and life skills activities designed to strengthen academic performance, self-esteem and character. During the summer, SSP youth take part in the Learn 2 Earn summer program, combining interactive academic courses, life skills training, community service work and recreational activities.