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Mission Statement:

The mission of the Sanford Cadets is to motivate personal growth in young people allowing them to become better citizens.  The program offers participants the opportunity to develop self discipline, confidence and pride in a job well done.  It challenges them to promote citizenship through community service, develop leadership potential, strengthen self esteem and improve their physical fitness.  It encourages them to live a drug free healthy lifestyle, and promotes graduation from high school which provides a solid foundation for their future.

History:

The cadet academy was created in 2009. Our goal at the time was to educate young adults on law enforcement. It was soon apparent that the academy was more then that as parents began sending letters and telling the staff about changes they had seen in their children. Both parents and the participants of the program had requested for the academy to be longer. In the summer of 2010 we held the first three-week academy that continued into the first school year of the Cadets Program.

40 Developmental Assests:

The Cadets Program utilizes approximately 34 out of the 40 developmental assets that are critical in youth developement as identified by the Search Institute. Grounded in extensive research in youth development, resiliency, and prevention, the Developmental Assets represent the relationships, opportunities, and personal qualities that young people need to avoid risks and to thrive. Studies of more than 2.2 million young people in the United States consistently show that the more assets young people have, the less likely they are to engage in a wide range of high-risk behaviors (see table below) and the more likely they are to thrive. Assets have power for all young people, regardless of their gender, economic status, family, or race/ethnicity. Furthermore, levels of assets are better predictors of high-risk involvement and thriving than poverty or being from a single-parent family. The average young person experiences fewer than half of the 40 assets. Boys experience three fewer assets than girls (17.2 assets for boys vs. 19.9 for girls).http://www.search-institute.org/assets/ 

Percentage of 6th- to 12th-Grade Youth Reporting Selected High-Risk Behavior Patterns, by Level of Developmental Assets*
High-Risk Behavior Pattern
0–10 Assets
11–20 Assets
21–30 Assets
31–40 Assets
Problem alcohol use—Has used alcohol three or more times in the past month or got drunk once in the past two weeks.
45%
26%
11%
3%
Violence—Has engaged in three or more acts of fighting, hitting, injuring a person, carrying or using a weapon, or threatening physical harm in the past year.
62%
38%
18%
6%

 
School Problems—Has skipped school two or more days in the past month and/or has below a C average.
44%
23%
10%
4%
* Data based on aggregate Search Institute sample of 148,189 students across the United States surveyed in 2003.

Results:

The Cadets Program has provided hundreds of hours of community service to the Sanford Area, assisted it’s participants with obtaining jobs, continuing education, and joining the armed forces. With the assistance of the Sanford Police Cadets and Youth Initiative Non-Profit we hope to expand our reach to serve more children and young adults within our community.

If you wish to join or recieve more information about the Sanford Police Cadets and Youth Initiative Non-Profit contact us.

The Sanford Cadets program is overseen by the Sanford Police School Resource Officers.

For more information about our program, contact Officer Michael Gordon, SRO or Officer Michael Thornton, SRO.

Helpful Links:
National Association of School Resource Officers

National School Safety Center

National Crime Prevention Council

Sanford School Department

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