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Officer Claudia McDaniel
La Mesa Police Department
School Resource Officer
619-667-7528 Desk
619-954-5438 Cell
(Tuesday-Friday)

La Mesa Police Officers’ Association

Officers Helping East County Youth (OHECY)


ORGANIZATION:
La Mesa Police Officer’s Association: “Officers Helping East County Youth”
OBJECTIVE:
The objective of the program is to provide financial assistance to underprivileged youth at Helix High School and eventually to youth in other East County schools.  The financial assistance would be used to purchase items such as sports equipment, musical instruments, art supplies, etc.
TARGET GROUP:
  • Youth that would not be able to participate in an activity without the required items and/or youth with an added or above average skill level that could benefit further from better equipment
  • Youth that is not actively involved or associated with a street gang
  • Youth that is academically eligible to participate in the event that is being sponsored
  • Youth enrolled at Helix High School (eventually the surrounding East County schools)
QUALIFICATIONS:
Coaches, teachers, and the School Resource Officer know the youth around them very well and can often determine if someone is in need and refer students to the program.
FUNDING:
Non profit organization (no one will make any money from this organization.  ALL the money donated to this organization will be spent on the youth that need assistance)
Funding will come from the donations of private individuals, business organizations, and the La Mesa Police Officer’s Association.
BENEFITS:
This organization is designed to provide the youth in East County (primarily at Helix High School) with the needed equipment and supplies to participate and succeed in their desired activity.  Many times, police officers are seen in a negative light because of the continual negative contacts that they may have with the community.  
This organization allows officers to be directly involved in the communication with the youth and the purchase and delivery of the items.  This is in hopes of building self esteem in the youth and bringing a positive contact between the youth and the officer.  This program is designed to show that the police officers in their community care about the kids and the community they work in.  
CONTACT INFORMATION:
For questions or information on how to donate to the program, e-mail:OHCEY@helixcharter.net