The Dore Clubhouse’s Keystone 200 Bulldogs began the legwork for the National Keystone Project in September 2016, brainstorming the possible ideas for the Dialogue with Law Enforcement Event.
Upon assessing how our Keystoners felt about Law Enforcement, we spent several meetings having open discussions about how Law Enforcement is perceived. We focused each discussion from a global, national, local to personal perspectives to see what the trends were. Additionally for those who seemed indifferent or unsure about their perspective, we conducted research about current events within our community. We’ve watched youtube videos of Law Enforcement and Teens in the San Mateo Community as well as looked at crime rates in our county and tried to see what it would be like to be a police officer.
Although we were unable to complete the project during the Fall/in time for the National Conference due to scheduling conflicts, we were finally able to complete the project in August 2017, in collaboration with our DeLue Clubhouse 450 Owls.
On the day of our event, we are proud to say that many Community Members including Board Members, City Officials, Torch Club & Keystone Members, teen recruits, and parents attended our Dialogue at the DeLue Clubhouse in Daly City. We were able to work with the city of Daly City and even invite the Daly City Mayor, Glenn Sylvester to participate in our panel (first half of the Dialogue). During the first half of the event, our panel consisted of three officers, our Mayor, our Executive Director, and our 2017 Youth of the Year, Isabela. By having different panelists, we were able to see different perspectives about Law Enforcement, Career paths, and how each can impact the Club and our members.
The latter half of our Dialogue was facilitated by our Keystoners where we split up two age brackets into two groups (Middle School and High School) and were sent off for small group discussion for 45 minutes. Here, Keystoners (and Torch Club members) went in depth about the concerns for their friends, community, and self. Officers also introduced different programs and opportunities for our teens to participate in such as Ride-Alongs, Internships and a Cadet Program for those interested in becoming an officer.
The event concluded with pizza and snacks for all to enjoy and even led to more one-on-one discussions among youth and our local law enforcement!
More photos here.