Weed and seed conference

Pennsylvania Weed and Seed Conference June 7 and 8

The Second Annual Pennsylvania Weed and Seed Conference, “Empowering Communities for a Change,” comes to the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey June 7 and 8.

Implemented in 1995, Pennsylvania’s Weed and Seed program addresses the problem of high crime rates, especially with respect to drug and violent crime, and the presence of social deterioration, such as juvenile delinquency, poverty, and unemployment in medium-sized communities.

Modeled after the federal program that principally targets large cities, the state program seeks to mobilize a large and varied array of resources in a comprehensive and coordinated effort to control drugs and crime and improve the quality of life in targeted neighborhoods. Weed and Seed focuses on community-driven prevention, while it attacks the underlying roots that contribute to crime, such as unemployment, lack of a quality education, and widespread poverty. It involves collaborative law enforcement between local and state crime fighting teams to eliminate drugs and violence in targeted neighborhoods. At the same time, it works to revitalize and strengthen local leadership.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, in partnership with Penn State Harrisburg and its Office of Continuing Education, are organizing the two-day conference which will feature speakers and presenters on a range of topics relating to Weed and Seed.

Day one will include workshops on: “Mediation and How It Can Help” with Jack Hanna of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section; “Truancy and Safe Schools” with Richard Artison, trainer with the Department of Justice and former Sheriff of Milwaukee, Wis.; “Creating and Implmeneting Strategies for Community Building” with Dr. Joseph Jones and Dr. Debra Heath-Thornton of Messiah College; “Understanding and Building Your Community” with Dr. Jones and Dr. Heath-Thornton; “Understanding the Role of Personality Characteristics in Teambuilding” with Linda Dougherty of True Colors; and “Media Matters” with Debra Pinkerton from WHTM-TV.

The first day will conclude with a reception, networking event, and an awards and recognition dinner.

Day two will include panel discussions on “Code Enforcement and the Prevention of Deteriorating Neighborhoods” and “Neighborhood-based Youth Intervention and Leadership Programs”.

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Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm speaks during a Weed and Seed press conference held at Kekaulike Mall.

Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm speaks during a Weed and Seed press conference held at Kekaulike Mall.

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