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Asia Powell, director of Strategic Programs for Verizon, presents a check for $24,900 to Fire Captain Brent Burton, founder of Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, and Firefighters Derwin Pitts and Cliff Taitt along with 4th and 5th graders


Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation will include domestic violence prevention training for 4th and 5th graders who attend the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists


Los Angeles, Calif. —  Verizon awards a $24,900 grant to the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation (“Foundation”) for its signature Junior Fire Cadet Program (“Program”) enabling the Foundation to include a domestic violence prevention training component. The grant presentation took place on Friday, December 9 at the site of the training - Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists at 706 E.  Manchester Blvd. in Los Angeles.  ??“Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists is the first of several schools that provides life-changing training as a part of the Program’s curriculum,” said Foundation Founder Captain Brent Burton of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.“The Foundation’s after school program focuses on making smart choices, and targets 4th and 5th graders, it runs for seven weeks and meets for 1 1/2 hours one day per week on the campus of selected elementary schools,” added Burton who runs the program with the assistance of Firefighters Derwin Pitts and Cliff Taitt. ??The Verizon grant will help fund a domestic violence educational training program taught by Dr. Dayatrice Darrington, a clinical psychologist, who will begin the discussion by exploring the five categories of domestic violence - physical aggression, assault, emotions, pain, and shame.“I ask the children how they perceive abuse and if they can give examples,” she explained. “My goal is to educate the children about what is abuse, how to identify abusers, how to take proactive actions, how to react in the situation, where to find and get help, and provide them with coping skills about how to handle their own conflicts.” ??“Domestic violence is a troubling issue that affects communities everywhere. Verizon is proud to partner with community organizations like the Junior Firefighter Foundation, who are on the front-lines of domestic violence prevention,” stated Gene Eng, vice president of Strategic Programs for Verizon.??About the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation??The Program was founded in 2003 by Burton who is the current president of the African American Firefighter Museum and former President of the Stentorians of Los Angeles County.Assisting Captain Burton are LAFD Firefighters Derwin Pitts and Cliff Taitt.For more about the Foundation or the Junior Fire Cadet Program, go to www.jrffyouthfoundation.org ??About the Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists??Wisdom Academy for Young Scientists (WAYS) a public elementary charter school.

Founded in 2006, WAYS serves kindergarten through grade five students. WAYS has quickly gained a strong reputation as an academically high performing charter successfully serving a population of students traditionally labeled as underperforming.The After School program provides an opportunity to merge the rigor and instruction that occurs during the regular school day during after school hours. For more information about Wisdom Academy of Young Scientists, visit http://wisdomacademy.org.


About Dr. Dayatrice Darrington??Since 1996, Dr. Darrington has worked with diverse children from the age range of infancy to 18 years old who were in the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services’ system as victims of domestic violence. Studies estimate that 10 to 20 percent of children are at risk for exposure to domestic violence.? ?? ?

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