LYFT co­or­di­na­tor re­signs, de­vel­oped teen ad­vi­sory group

The Advance of Bucks County - - YARDLEY-MORRISVILLE AREA - By Pe­tra Ch­es­ner Sch­lat­ter

mbkkpBrov – Af­ter seven years as project co­or­di­na­tor for menns­bury ivcTW Community mre­vi­sion Coali­tion, iizette jo­rales Chomicki has moved on.

phe and her fam­ily have re­lo­cated to hings­land, da. where they own a house.

fn gune OMMU, jo­rales Chomicki de­vel­oped the ivcT Aware­ness Teen Ad­vi­sory droup, which is made up of youth in grades S-NO. The only re­quire­ment is that they live in the ivcT com­mu­ni­ties.

“f loved the teen en­thu­si­asm, ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to civic en­gage­ment,” she said. “They made me prouder ev­ery day. f al­ways told them to be the best they could be, al­ways help out a friend or fam­ily and al­ways give back to their community.”

phe taught them “to have re­spect for them­selves and each other -- be true to your­self and do not fall into temp­ta­tions that can harm them or their fam­i­lies. ao the right thing!”

ivcT is a community preven­tion coali­tion. The name it­self stands for the four mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties that make up the menns­bury pchool DLVWULFW: LRwHU 0DNH­fiHOG TRwnVKLS, YDUGOHy Bor­ough, calls Town­ship and Tul­ly­town Bor­ough. The pur­pose of ivcT is to sup­port youth, par­ents and the en­tire community to re­duce the in­ci­dence of sub­stance use and en­cour­age pos­i­tive de­ci­sion-mak­ing and be­hav­iors by youth.

The coali­tion’s goal is to act as a cat­a­lyst for community change, bring­ing to­gether and syn­the­siz­ing the skills, tal­ents, re­sources and op­por­tu­ni­ties of lo­cal community mem­bers, agen­cies, law en­force­ment, mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments, par­ents, students and schools.

The rnited tay of Bucks County, which is based in cair­less eills, is the um­brella or­ga­nizDWLRn IRU LYFT. LYFT’V RI­fiFHV DUH ORFDWHG DW the rnited tay on eood Boule­vard.

iook­ing back at her time with ivcT, jo­rales Chomicki learned that menns­bury students lack cop­ing skills. “aeal­ing with stress,” VKH VDLG, “LV VR GLI­fiFuOW. 6RPHWLPHV yRu FDn’W blame youth for tak­ing the easy way out or not mak­ing the best choices in their young lives.”

phe said they are still “de­vel­op­ing their de­ci­sion-mak­ing parts of the brain.

“But, f feel that with pos­i­tive role mod­els who are ded­i­cated to the health and well­be­ing of youth, we can be the sup­port and guid­ance

they need to make pos­i­tive choices and be able to lean or re­fer to us when they feel they can’t han­dle things,” she con­tin­ued.”

jo­rales Chomicki said youth should never be un­der­es­ti­mated. “Their abil­i­ties will amaze you,” she said. “They are smart -- go get­ters -prob­lem solvers – com­pas­sion­ate -- amus­ing and car­ing in­di­vid­u­als.

phe said if given the op­por­tu­nity, they will shine.

“peven years ago,” jo­rales Chomicki said, “f was given an op­por­tu­nity to work with amaz­ing peo­ple who taught me what life should be about and what hur­dles can be over­come by putting in some time, ded­i­ca­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, love of self and oth­ers, and never leav­ing any­one down.”

The menns­bury community will al­ways have a soft spot in her heart. “f’ll be back to visit of­ten – prom­ise,” she said.

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