POSTINGS                          PEI Kids e-newsletter | Quarter 1 | 2019  

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the first electronic edition of 
PEI Kids' quarterly newsletter, Postings. Going forward, Postings will be distributed in electronic format instead of print consistent with our ongoing efforts to be good environmental and fiscal stewards.   Here are some of the great things happening at PEI Kids...
Annual appeal meets with success thanks to friends,supporters. 
We are fortunate to be in a community that gives!  Each year, PEI Kids ends its annual fundraising efforts with an Annual Appeal -- which is conducted primarily as a direct-mail campaign   during the giving period that runs from Thanksgiving through year-end.
This year, our goal was to raise $20,000 through our year-end annual appeal; and thanks to your generous support, we met our goal, raising $20,829.
"Community support and partnership are hallmarks of a strong community-based organization," says Executive Director, Roz Dashiell, "and the support of our local community is not only critical to making our services available, it's also a testament to the community's high regard for the work we do everyday."  
We would like a cknowledge and thank the generous donors to our 2018 Annual Appeal. You make  our work possible.  Thank you!  


On  Saturday, January 26th, PEI Kids' Coordinator of Juvenile Intervention Services, R ob Fiorello,   was recognized with the Community Leadership Appreciation Award at the 3rd Annual Unsung Heroes Award ceremony hosted by Fathers & Men United For a Better Trenton (FMUFBT). 
FMUFBT' s mission is dedicated to working with youth who are at risk of becoming involved with gangs by working closely with families in the community. This aligns with the the work of PEI Kids' Juvenile Intervention Services led by Rob Fiorello who works with at-risk and adjudicated youth to prevent delinquency and reduce recidivism.  Rob shared, "It is a tremendous honor to be recognized in this manner by a group of men who I consider to be peers and friends and representing an organization that does such worthwhile work in our community." 
Rob also serves as Chair of the Mercer County Gang Task Force and dedicates many hours to training and educating youth-serving professionals about youth-violence culture, gangs, and effective prevention and intervention strategies.
In addition to receiving the award from FMUFBT, Rob was recognized with a citation from the Trenton City Council  presented by Councilwoman Marge Caldwell-Wilson. Congratulations, Rob!   

PEI Kids' Comprehensive Juvenile Offenders Outreach Services
(CJOOS) program expands to serve Middlesex County youth

As New Jersey's Juvenile Detention Alterna tives Initiative
(JDAI)  makes incarcerating youth in detention facilities a less frequent disposition option of the courts, the need for community-based rehabilitative interventions like PEI Kids' CJOOS
program has increased.  
For 22 years, PEI Kids has provided community-based programming for at-risk and adjudicated juvenile offenders in Mercer County, serving over 2,000 youth in that time.   As a result of  our extensive experience and success working with this population, demand for our programming is in increasing in the region. 
For 2019, Middlesex County has contracted with PEI Kids to provide CJOOS' innovative programming and related services for youth involved with Middlesex's juvenile justice system.  Middlesex's first CJOOS program session was held on Monday, January 28th at New Brunswick's Unity Square Community Center.   
"We expect to serve 50 youth in the program's first year with referrals coming primarily from Middlesex's Juvenile Supervision Unit (probation), Family Court and the Juvenile Intensive Supervision Program (JISP)," explained Roz Dashiell.   The program will run year-round and will serve three, 16-week cohorts  consisting of 16-18 youth each.    

Last year, we re-branded  and changed location of  our spring gala -- making it a less formal and more social event. "Denim & Diamonds at The Boathouse" was met with enthusiastic support by more than 200 guests in attendance, and this year's event promises even more fun and festivity!
Join us on Friday, May 10th, for a relaxed and festive evening with passed hors d'eouvres, buffet dinner including a variety of food stations and desserts, live entertainment, and free run of the Boathouse from the ballroom to the outdoor deck. The live and silent auctions --  featuring exclusive items and one-of-a-kind packages --  are always a big hit.  
Make plans to meet us for Denim & Diamonds 2019.   Click the links for information on sponsorship , advertising , or auction-item donation . Ticket information will follow soon on our website!
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 When you shop on  Amazon using the URL , Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to PEI Kids at no cost to you. By using the link below to connect to Amazon, the donation from your qualified purchases gets automatically transferred to PEI Kids. What a great way to give to your favorite charity while enjoying online shopping from the comfort of home! 

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PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family, and caregiver to provide prevention, intervention and advocacy programs relating to personal safety, sexual abuse, and the overall well-being of the child.