Sunday, June 21, 2015

2015 Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. "Empowering Future Leaders" Scholarship Breakfast

On Wednesday June 17, the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition held our "Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Breakfast" at the Clarion Hotel in Oxon Hill, MD.



The Mistress of Ceremonies was Ms. Ebony N. McMorris, News and Community Affairs Director, Radio One.


The Keynote Speaker was Glenn Ivey, Esq., former State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland.


Other Special Guests included Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Council, District 8.


Below are some photographs taken at the event.  The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (PGCDPC) awarded 17  $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students.


The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition would like to express our gratitude to all who were in attendance as well everyone who continues to support our work in our communities.
We would also like take a moment to thank Mr. Maurice G. Fitzgerald for taking the photographs below. To remain updated on issues related to drug policy, criminal justice, and education, as well as our many upcoming events, please take a moment to click "Like" on our Facebook page:   https://www.facebook.com/pgcdpc





Keynote Speaker Glenn Ivey, Esq. at the Podium





Maryland State Delegate Tony Knotts (standing)
with Glenn Ivey, Esq. and Mayor Eugene W. Grant (Seat Pleasant, MD)





Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Council, District 8











Coalition member, Ronald Blakely, Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on HBCU











Celebrity Chef, Huda (far right), joins Dr. Valencia Campbell and community leaders
for scholarship in memory of  her uncle, Coalition member, Donnell Clarke






Mistress of Ceremonies Ms. Ebony N. McMorris









Earl O'Neal, President of The South County Economic Development Association (left),
with Ms. Brandi Calhoun, Maryland State Senate Staffer and
Delegate Tony Knotts (right) 









Tony Knotts, Maryland State Delegate, 26th District









Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition President Dr. Valencia Campbell with
National African American Drug Policy Coalition National Executive Director, Judge Arthur Burnett









Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Council, District 8 (left) with
Scholarship Recipient and Coalition member, Pastor Orlando Bego, (right)












 Coalition President Dr. Valencia Campbell
with Lenny Moses, County Council staffer





















Coalition Vice President Linda Thornton Thomas (left)
with Lenny Moses, County Council staffer 
and Mayor Jacqueline Goodall of Forest Heights, MD (right)






Coalition member, Isabelle Deburgo (right), chats with scholarship recipients and their guests















The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. represents one of many local affiliates of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Our national organization consists of a coalition of 25 preeminent organizations. Through the support of our national organization, interested organizational partners, and grassroots members like you, we hope to prevent and reduce illegal drug abuse and related crimes in Prince George's County.











Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. "Empowering Future Leaders" Scholarship Breakfast 2015


Wednesday  June 17, 2015 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Clarion Hotel 6400 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, MD 20745




The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. (PGCDPC) is pleased to announce the 2015 "Empowering Future Leaders" Scholarship Breakfast.

This year, PGCDPC will award 17 $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors and college students.

The Mistress of Ceremony will be Ms. Ebony N. McMorris, News and Community Affairs Director, Radio One.

The Keynote Speaker will be Glenn Ivey, Esq., former State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland.









Special Guests will include:

Obie Patterson, Prince George's County Council, District 8  

The Honorable C. Anthony Muse, Maryland State Senator, District 26 Prince George's County


Seating is limited. To RSVP, please call:


Dr. Valencia Campbell, President
301-416-0435    

or

Ms. Cheryle Mines, Scholarship Chair
 301-792-5706


Thank you


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A Book Club of Leaders: The "Read to Lead" Book Fair



There are times when it makes sense to get off the couch and leave that good book for later. A book fair is one of those times.


The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., and the Literary Group of Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc. pulled off an incredible event at “Read to Lead” Book Fair on May 9 at the Mall at Prince Georges in Hyattsville.




Amid shopping and eat treats, guests were at the edge of their seats as they listened to widely known authors and perused through nearly a dozen book stations in the center of the hall.

The event was free and open to the public.

“I am thrilled that so many community members came out to meet and hear from our featured authors.  It was wonderful that White House Correspondent, April Ryan, shared her stories about her love for reading and writing which added to the excitement of this year's event,” said Dr. Valencia Campbell, President of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc.

“Moreover, we are thrilled to provide our community with the stories and experiences of authors whose books cover inspirational themes, self-help, biographical, workplace and contemporary political issues.”




Other Featured Authors Included:

1. Dr. Hattie Washington, An Inspirational Memoir of Lessons Learned Through Faith, Family and Favor

2. Dr. Vernon L. Farmer,   (Editor) and Evelyn Shepherd-Wynn (Assoc. editor)

3. Ella Curry,  A Reason to Believe

4. Lillie West, Daily Dose of Divine Inspiration for Mothers

5. Paula Claude Williamson, The Thorns and Petals of Life

6. Dr. Ellen Williams Harris, Grits and Gumbo

7. Mary C. McShan,  The Homeless Bachelor

8. Donald K. Hawkins, My Life According to the Promise

9. Cynthia Greene, Don’t Get Married If .  . .

10. Yvonne Medley, The Prison Plumb Line

11. Avia Mebane, Amorette

12:  Ms. Christie Jones,  Are We Home Yet?

13.  Ms. Sandra Williams, Look with Me




The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. provides community based support to families within the County with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a drug free lifestyle. Visit their website at www.pgcdpc.com for more information.

The Literary Group of Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc. provides a platform for women to network and develop their writing goals through workshops and community events.

The link to the article from The Prince George's Suite Magazine can be found below:














Friday, April 3, 2015

Call For Authors: The “Read to Lead” Book Fair

Literacy is the ability to read, write, speak and analyze words. This basic skill set is essential to every leader. Literacy is essential not only to functioning within society, but it’s also essential to reaching one’s full potential as a contributing part of society including serving as a community leader.




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Read to Lead are gateway to literacy programs, resources and events throughout the year. It brings together partners in business, education and public service to support and produce events that raise literacy awareness and celebrate reading.


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The “Read to Lead” Book Fair focuses on the  power of writing to inspire and stimulate readers of all ages. The deadline for authors to submit your author's form and book is April 17, 2015!  The event is sponsored by the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. and the Literary Group of Sisters 4 Sisters Network, Inc. Please go to the link below to complete the fillable application.




  

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

PGCDPC 2015-2016 Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Application



      The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is pleased to announce the "Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship" for the 2015-2016 academic year.


      The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that promotes policies and laws that embrace the public health nature of drug abuse. Through our scholarship program, we provide community-based support to families within the county with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a drug free life.


      The scholarship form can be downloaded by clicking on the link below at:

      PGCDPC 2015-2016 Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship


     The application forms are due Friday, May 1, 2015. All qualifying applicants will receive a notice of an award.






        The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. represents one of many local affiliates of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. Our national organization consists of a coalition of 25 preeminent organizations. Through the support of our national organization, interested organizational partners, and grassroots members like you, we hope to prevent and reduce illegal drug abuse and related crimes in Prince George’s County.






Sunday, November 30, 2014

Prince George’s bill offers inmates a second chance



Prince George’s residents with criminal records may have an easier time getting their foot in the door with a potential employer now due to new legislation passed by the county.


“This is an historic bill that will make it easier for our returning citizens to seek employment,” said Robert “Bob” Ross, president of the Prince George’s chapter of the NAACP.


County Bill 79, the “ban the box” bill, a reference to the box applicants are required to check on their applications if they have a criminal record, was passed unanimously Nov. 19 by the Prince George’s County Council.


The bill prohibits most employers from requiring an applicant disclose their criminal record or conduct a criminal record check on an applicant until after a first interview has been conducted.


If an employer rescinds an offer of employment to an applicant based on their criminal record, they must notify the applicant and provide them a copy of their criminal record report, giving them three days to present any evidence of inaccuracies in the record.


“If we don’t give people second chances, then they don’t have the opportunity really, to live productive and meaningful lives,” said Councilwoman Mary Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel. “They’ll be much more likely to return to crime and drive up recidivism rates.”
 

 






The law provides exemptions for public safety, programs that provide services to minors or disabled adults, or to positions that, “in the judgement of the county, have access to confidential or proprietary business or personal information, money or items of value, or involve emergency management,” according to the legislation.


It does not apply in cases where criminal background checks are expressly authorized by federal, state or county legislation.


David Harrington, president of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber expressed concerns, but that those were addressed in the amending of the bill to clarify that it applies to prospective, not current, employees.


“We are in support of the intent of the bill, and that is to provide an opportunity for people to be able to speak their case for employment,” Harrington said.


Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington sponsored the legislation. Patterson said that during his former occupation as a parole commissioner, he witnessed the difficulty former convicts had in obtaining jobs.


“It was almost impossible for these individuals to get a fair chance at even low-paying jobs,” Patterson said.


Patterson said that 11 states and over 50 jurisdictions, including Baltimore, Washington D.C., and Montgomery County, have passed similar legislation.


“We think it is due time,” said Fred Price Jr. of Cheverly, a member of the Prince George’s Republican Central Committee.





Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Raising Monies To Better Raise Children

 

Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition Raises Another $12,000 For Youth


By PGS Media

This is one of the best ways to spend a Saturday afternoon. While many were raking leaves and prepping for Halloween, some 100 Prince Georgians were raising money for local students to take their next steps in life.
The Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc., held its Annual Gala and Auction, October 25 (photos). Proceeds will benefit the Coalition’s “Empowering Future Leaders Scholarship Program.”
Donations and funds received totaled some $12,000.



Each year the Coalition presents scholarships to high school and college students in Prince George’s County. All applications are considered by a PCGDPC Scholarship Committee. A major determining factor in the selection process is the applicant’s commitment to the community.
“Through our scholarship program, we provide community-based support to families within the county with a focus on students obtaining higher education and living a healthy and drug free life,” says Dr. Valencia Campbell, President of the Prince George’s County Drug Policy Coalition, Inc. She explains that at the core of the Coalition’s service is a strong emphasis on self-help initiatives.
This funding will be earmarked for the June 2015 gala event to aid the students.
Other determining factors include the personal circumstances and achievements, educational goals, and the likely impact of the scholarship on the applicant’s life. To date, the coalition has awarded $50,000 in scholarships to students.
 


But Saturday’s event was a big hit. Stellar performances were turned in by the Entourage Band (jazz) and The Potomac Players (theater).
And the auction was a winner, too.  
“We auctioned a lot,” Campbell says modestly. Artwork included donated works reflecting President Obama, floral art, canvass work, watches, trips (domestic and abroad donated by Windham). Larry Poncho Brown artwork auctioned. There were signed books by authors including Congressman Clyburn, Omar Tyree, President Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Also auctioned were five Negro League baseballs along with several Nordstrom’s and other gift baskets gift baskets and gift cards and Washington Redskins parking lot tickets. Annie’s Art Gallery donated a President Obama painting. Washington Gas made a donation to support the event. There was an iPad raffle and the YMCA donated short term memberships.

Some of the elected officials and community leaders in attendance include:
Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderrama
Delegate Elect Tony Knotts
Councilman Obie Patterson
Mayor Jacqueline Goodall, Forest Heights
Dr. Richard Lucas, Vice President, Bowie State University
Alice Holt, Democratic Central Committee Member
Hazel Robinson, President Tantallon Square Area Civic Assoc.
Earl O'Neal, President of South County Economic Development Assoc.
Lonise Bias, International Motivational Speaker, Pres. of Bias Speaks


Sponsors and donors Included:
Washington Gas, Gerards, Sharpers Florist, Annie's Art Gallery, Wyndham Vacation Resorts, Metamorphosis Dress Shop, Greenbelt Marriott, YMCA Potomac Outlook, AGEM Facility Manager, Dr. Geren Gatlin, Bravo Marketing Group.

The Coalition would like to thank the Prince George's Suite Magazine for showcasing our Gala and Silent Auction. the link to the online article is shown below.

http://www.pgsuite.com/PGCDPC Gala and Silent Auction

Monday, November 10, 2014

PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PGCDPC AUCTION FUNDRAISING GALA 2014




The Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition would like to thank everyone who attended and contributed to the Annual Gala and Auction on Saturday October 25, 2014. The evening included a bevy of entertainment featuring Jazz performances from the Entourage Band, and a theater production from the The Potomac Players, as well as delicious array of Hors d'Oeuvres and a silent auction to cap off the evening. 

The cruise winners were Norceia Daughtridge, of Clinton, Maryland.  Ms Daughtridge is the former President of Crossland H.S. PTSA and a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She won the cruise from Dr. Geren Gatlin who is with Wyndam Hotels and Resorts. The winner of the I-Pad raffle was Mr.  Rydell Smith, Food and Nutrition coordinator, Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School. He was sold the winning ticket by Ms. Jennifer Lucas, Esq. The Coalition would like to say a special thank you to photographer Mr Maurice Fitzgerald who took beautiful pictures of the event. 

Please take some time to enjoy the pictures from the Fundraiser below. which was  held at the Manor on the Potomac in Fort Washington, MD.



Coalition members Valencia Campbell, Cheryle Mines and Linda Thornton Thomas 
with some student volunteers.



Coalition members Julisa Robinson and Valencia Campbell.


Jivon Jackson discussing his new theatre group, The Potomac Players.















Mayor Jacqueline Goodall, Forest Heights.










Colaition member Jennifer Lucas and family Dr. Richard Lucas and son.





Maryland State Delegate Kris Valderrama and Alice Holt, Central Committee member.









SCEDA President, Earl O'Neal and coalition members



















Coalition member Eric Twiggs and guests.






Councilman Obie Patterson speaking to some guests.









Aaron Riley Potomac YMCA





Dr. Lonise Bias enjoying the auction.





Coalition President Valencia Campbell standing next to cruise winner, Ms Norceia Daughtridge 
                                               Along with Dr. Geren Gatling and his wife.






Delegate Elect Tony Knotts speaking with some of our guests.






 Mr. Rydell Smith, I-Pad raffle winner



 








Coalition member Leticia Forrest viewing some auction items.














Coalition member Eric Twiggs (on the left) and his wife Angie




Coalition members Valencia Campbell and Pat Jackson with Councilmember Obie Patterson
and his staffer Shirley Anglin




The photographer, Mr Maurice Fitzgerald can be contacted at 301-248-3358 or 301-996-1954 as well as mgfitzgerald1@hotmail.com.  We appreciate your continued support of the Prince George's County Drug Policy Coalition. We look forward to seeing all of you soon at our many upcoming events.