Man applies for 25K grant to educate teens about traffic stops

September 25, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


(DON) TEACHING TEENS WHAT TO DO WHEN THEY GET PULLED OVER. THATS WHAT A LOCAL P-E TEACHER IS HOPING TO DO WITH THE HELP OF A 25 THOUSAND DOLLAR GRANT. (KATIE) MIKE BROOKS SAYS HE APPLIED FOR THE GRANT THROUGH STATE FARM AND IS HOPING HE HAS ENOUGH VOTES TO WIN. TEN ON YOUR SIDES DEANNA BETTINESCHI SPOKE WITH BROOKS ABOUT HIS GOALS FOR THE PROGRAM IF HE WINS. HE TELLS ME HE WANTS TO BRING TEENS AND OFFICERS TOGETHER. HE HOPES BOTH PARTIES CAN EDUCATE EACH OTHER AND LEARN FOR FUTURE EXPERIENCES. MIKE BROOKS WANTS TO INSPIRE CHANGE IN TEENS. HES NOT ONLY A LOCAL MIDDLE SCHOOL PE TEACHER, BUT HE ALSO IS THE FOUNDER OF THE NON PROFIT “MEN INSPIRING KIDS EVERYDAY.” HIS GOAL WITH THAT ORGANIZATION- 0621 C MIKE BROOKS 5309 WE TEACH LIFE SKILLS TO DIFFERENT YOUTH THAT AREN’T TAUGHT IN SCHOOL HE WORKS WITH TEENS EVERYDAY, GETS TO KNOW THEM ON A PERSONAL LEVEL, AND TAKES THEIR CONCERNS ABOUT DAY TO DAY LIFE, TO HEART. 5701 SOME OF MY FORMER STUDENTS TOLD ME THEY GET PULLED OVER AND THEY DON’T WANT TO GET SHOT THAT’S THE FIRST THING THEY SAY I DON’T WANNA BE SHOT BROOKS SAYS HE APPROACHED ABOUT A GRANT FROM THE STATE FARM NEIGHBORHOOD ASSIST PROGRAM 5418 THERE WAS A STATE FARM AGENT WHO CAME TO ONE OF MY NON PROFIT EVENTS AND SHE LIKED MY MOVEMENT AND WHEN SHE SAW THE GRANT OPPORTUNITY COME ACROSS HER COMPUTER SHE REACHED OUT TO ME AND THOUGHT IT WOULD BE SOMETHING I SHOULD QUALIFY FOR. AND HE KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED TO DO. HE WANTS TO EDUCATE TEENS ON THE BEST WAY TO CONDUCT THEMSELVES DURING A TRAFFIC STOP, BUT ALSO BRING THE TEENS AND POLICE TOGETHER TO DISCUSS THIS TOPIC. 5558 I WANT TO ERASE THAT NEGATIVE STIGMA THAT’S PUT ON POLICE OFFICERS BECAUSE THEY’RE THERE TO HELP US AT THE END OF THE DAY BUT WHEN YOU GET PULLED OVER YOU IMMEDIATELY THINK YOURE ABOUT TO BE DISCIPLINED OR SOMETHING WRONGS ABOUT TO HAPPEN HE BELIEVES THIS COULD DECREASE TEENS ANXIETY ON THE ROAD. THE PROGRAM GIVES 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS TO 40 NON PROFITS. VOTERS DECIDE WHO WINS. BROOKS SAYS HES ALREADY DONE SOME RESEARCH 5627 TO CHALLENGE OFFICERS, POLICE DEPARTMENTS, SHERIFFS DEPARTMENTS I WOULD LOVE TO PARTNER WITH THEM. I REACHED OUT TO A FEW WHO SAID THEY’D BE WILLING TO COME TALK WITH THE YOUTH AND WITH THE MONEY 5441 THE GRANT MONEY IS 25 THOUSAND DOLLARS WHICH IS A LOT OF MONEY FOR WHAT IM TRYING TO DO BUT IM PLANNING ON TAKING MY PROGRAM MORE THAN LOCALLY AND I WANT TO GET MATERIALS TO DO RESEARCH AND GIVE BOOKLETS I CAN IMPLEMENT TO THE DMV AND DIFFERENT DRIVING PROGRAMS ACROSS THE AREA HE SAYS THE MONEY WOULD HELP HIM REACH HIS GOAL FASTER, BUT IF HE DOESNT WIN, HE STILL PLANS TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THE PROJECT. THE WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED SEPTEMBER 25TH, WELL FOLLOW UP WITH BROOKS TO SEE HOW HE DID DEANNA BETTINESCHI TEN ON YOUR SIDE.