Monthly E-newsletter                                                    July 2014
Thank you for your continued support of PEI Kids! We have some exciting news for you this month.

Join Us for PEI Kids' 9th Annual Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser!

We are very excited to announce that our 9th Annual Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser will be held Friday, October 17, 2014 from 6:30-9pm! Once
again held at the Ronson Aviation Hangar at Trenton-Mercer Airport, the event will feature over 20 wine and food vendors, as well as exotic cars and aircraft on display. While last year's event saw between 150 and 200 people in attendance, we expect to have 400 people in attendance this year!


To purchase your event tickets or become an event sponsor, please click here. To inquire about the event, please contact Development and Public Relations Coordinator Jesse Elliot at 609-695-3739 or

CJOOS Participants Visit Island Beach State Park

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, participants from PEI Kids' Comprehensive Juvenile Offender Outreach Services (CJOOS) program spent the day at Island Beach State Park and Nature Preserve in Seaside Park, NJ.

The CJOOS program helps juvenile offenders on probation for auto, assault or entry-level offenses become less of a danger to themselves and the community. Program participants, aged 11 to 17 -- 90% of whom are already gang-involved -- receive violence prevention and conflict resolution skills development, gang culture education, tolerance and critical thinking skills, and training in respect for authority.

Despite living an hour from the beach, four of the 15 program participants attending this day trip had never seen the ocean before. PEI Kids' Juvenile Intervention Services Department Coordinator Rob Fiorello commented that he felt very fortunate to be able to facilitate this first time experience for the youth.

This CJOOS trip follows a series of educational field trips within the program that are made possible by support from the County of Mercer, Department of Human Services; the Office of Faith Based Initiatives (OFBI), Department of State; City of Trenton Community Development Block Grant; Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; and the Church and Dwight Employee Giving Fund.
To learn more about our Intervention Services programs, please click here or contact Rob Fiorello at or 609-695-3739.

CAP Program Presents for Sayen School at Megan's Place

On Friday, June 6, 2014, PEI Kids' Child Assault Prevention (CAP) team presented the Kids on the Block program to children at Megan's Place. The "No More Bullies" workshop was presented to students of Sayen School in Hamilton Township.

A public memorial opened in 1995, Megan's Place was funded by The Robbinsville-Hamilton Rotary Club to commemorate Megan Kanka, who was raped and murdered by a neighbor. This tragedy inspired the introduction of "Megan's Law," which requires local law enforcement to make information regarding sex offenders available to the public. Megan's Place is located on the land previously occupied by Megan's assailant.

Through this workshop, approximately 50 fifth graders learned about disabilities, such as spina bifida and visual impairment; medical differences, such as childhood cancer and HIV/AIDS; educational differences, including learning disabilities and ADHD; and social concerns including sexual abuse prevention and alternatives to violence.

To learn more about PEI Kids' Prevention Services programs, please click here or contact Melody Powell at or 609-695-3739.

Get Involved: Join the Wine & Food Tasting Committee

PEI Kids is currently recruiting community members interested in joining the Wine & Food Tasting Fundraiser Committee. Committee members attend regular meetings to help staff with event preparations, including event planning and fundraising. 


The first committee meeting will take place on Tuesday, July 1st at PEI Kids' office from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Meetings will be held once every two weeks and will last an hour each. Committee members are not expected to attend every meeting.


If you are interested in joining the planning committee for our 9th Annual Wine & Food Tasting, please contact Jesse Elliot at or 609-695-3739.

In This Issue
Event Update
Program Spotlight: CJOOS
Program Spotlight: CAP
Get Involved
Job Opportunity

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