Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy Hosting Second Annual Youth and Police Conference April 17 in Houston

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The conference provides an opportunity for hundreds of youth to interact with local law enforcement while addressing bullying, safe driving and other teen-related issues.

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TAPS Club members are mentored monthly on themes that encourage them to develop positive life skills.

What: The University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL) and the Houston Police Department (HPD) have partnered to present the Teen And Police Service (TAPS) Academy Second Annual Youth and Police Conference. Several law enforcement agencies from surrounding counties are set to participate. Approximately 300 local high school students will attend interactive sessions covering topics such as safe driving, bullying and dating violence as well as other relevant teen issues.

When: Friday, April 17, 2015, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. CDT

Where: University of Houston-Clear Lake, Bayou Building, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston, TX 77058 (Media will be directed accordingly upon arrival.)

Why: The Second Annual Youth and Police Conference will provide an opportunity for hundreds of youth to interact with local law enforcement while learning about TAPS Academy. The students will also learn about UHCL and HPD as well as policing, safe driving, conflict mediation, career planning and more. The event highlights TAPS Clubs which are condensed, student-led versions of the Academy.

TAPS Club members are mentored monthly on themes that encourage them to develop positive life skills. In this peer-to-peer organization, students become well-rounded campus leaders in order to educate fellow students. The skills learned afford the students a better teacher-student relationship, and prepares them to be well equipped to go out in their communities. Students also learn how to establish local TAPS Clubs chapters at their school. More information can be found at http://www.tapsacademy.org/Programs/TAPS_Clubs.    

Who: Founded in 2011, TAPS Academy is a nationally-lauded, 11-week program primarily designed for at-risk youth where students partner with mentor officers to discuss issues including bullying, anger management, avoidance of gang life, drug usage and conflict management as well as other youth and law enforcement-focused topics. The Academy currently has nine locations throughout the world including sites in Puerto Rico, St. Kitts and Nevis.

Media: RSVP to Donnie Gallagher at DonnieG(at)ConsultVistra(dot)com or 813.961.4700, ext. 208.

Contact TAPS Academy for additional event details at 832.525.1560. For more information about TAPS Academy, visit http://www.tapsacademy.org/.

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