Winfield PRO Making A Difference With Kids
As the 2014-15 school year concluded Sergeant Kevin Young, of the Winfield Police Department, completed his second year as the Prevention Resource Officer at Winfield High School.
During a state-wide training session of Prevention Resource Officers held on June 16th, 2015, at South Charleston High School, Young was recognized among his colleagues with a “Community Service Award.” Richard Staton, Director of the West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services, presented eight Prevention Resource Officers throughout the state an award for representing the Prevention Resource Officer’s program in a positive manner.
The PRO Program is a cooperative effort between schools and law enforcement to place certified West Virginia Police Officers who are also certified Prevention Resource Officers in local middle and high schools in order to; improve students’ attitudes and knowledge of criminal justice and law enforcement, prevent juvenile delinquency; mentor youth, provide a safer school environment and combine safety and child advocacy assuring a better school experience for all West Virginia students. This year Sergeant Young taught 25 life experience classes and mentored to over 680 Winfield High School Students.
Young was an All-American Defensive Back when he played football with the West Virginia State University Yellow Jackets in 2009.
During the 2014-15 school term Young attended the West Virginia Schools Secondary Activities Commission (WVSSAC) Coaching Education Program. Young completed a course of instruction and is West Virginia State certified to perform high school coaching activities with the Winfield Generals. He can be observed over the summer break working with student athletes and members of the Winfield Football squad as a weight trainer and Assistant Coach of the defensive backs.