Story by A.J. Arias
The Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition celebrated the 35th National Night Out, along with their second annual Youth Appreciation Night on Tues., Aug. 7 at the Warwick Valley Community Center.
National Night Out is an event that takes place all across the country, and is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime efforts, strengthen the police community partnership, and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back against them.
Warwick celebrated the event by inviting teens to enjoy snacks and games in the Community Center’s Teen Center. The Community Center combined the event with their Youth Appreciation Night, which awards and recognizes members of the Community Center’s Youth Advisory Board.
The Youth Advisory Board volunteers their time to help many causes and events throughout the Warwick community including the Pride Parade, the Break the Stigma Walk, and a Haunted House, as well as helping out with different organizations such as the Warwick Historical Society. Some of the teens, aged 12 to 17, are also in other groups including the Warwick Valley Community Center’s Youth Task Force and the Summer Youth Leadership Academy.
Police Officers from the Town of Warwick Police Department and members of the Warwick Valley Prevention Coalition were in attendance to celebrate the teens and to hand out certificates.