By Staff Reports
(Apple Valley)– Understanding the positive impact the program has made on Apple Valley youth, San Bernardino County First District Supervisor Robert Lovingood has helped sponsor the expansion of the S.H.O.C.K. Program, a paramilitary intervention program for at risk youth.
S.H.O.C.K. stands for Self discipline- Honor-Obedience-Character- Knowledge. The program has been offered to Apple Valley teenagers by the Apple Valley Police Activities League twice per year since its inception in 2007 to combat the negative influences of drugs, gangs, teenage pregnancy and communication issues.
For the first time, with the support of Supervisor Lovingood, S.H.O.C.K. will be available to children from Victorville, Hesperia, Adelanto and the county areas of the Victor Valley.
“The goal of this regional approach is to expose the other communities to the benefits of S.H.O.C.K. and to encourage the development of a similar program in other areas of the Victor Valley,” said Apple Valley Police Captain Lana Tomlin.
The latest session began on September 8. Participants attend evening classes three nights a week for 10 weeks. Sessions offer a combination of classroom instruction and physical activity designed to promote teamwork and improve impulse control.
Guest speakers have included doctors, detectives, local business professionals, members of the San Bernardino County coroner, probation and sheriff’s offices, as well as the Apple Valley gang unit.
As part of the program, parents are required to participate in the mandatory “Parent Project” that equips them with tools to meet the challenges of raising children in today’s world.
The next session will be offered in the spring. For additional information, contact the juvenile resource officer at (760) 240-7400 x7416.