Take Charge Program 2015-06-20T18:00:41Z http://takechargeprogram.org/feed/atom/ WordPress admin <![CDATA[Press Release: Take Charge to Hold Basketball Program in DC]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=520 2015-06-20T18:00:41Z 2015-06-19T23:27:42Z Read More »]]> REGISTER

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For Immediate Release                                             Contact:  Cherlyn Phillips

June 12, unhealthy 2015                                                              (301) 420-7395

 

Take Charge to Hold Basketball Program in DC

 

(Forestville, Maryland) Jerrod Mustaf, former NBA player and present Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., will host a free Basketball & Life Skills Wellness Program for youth between the ages of 8-16 on Saturdays, beginning June 27, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the new Barry Farm Recreation Center in Ward 8 in the District of Columbia.  “The Basketball Program is a chance for youth to come out to meet our staff and to receive some tips on improving their game.  The Program also covers team-building, conflict resolution, drug prevention, financial literacy/entrepreneurship, and will offer health and wellness assessments by licensed therapists from Contemporary Family Services.  While we have been holding Camp sessions for the last 23 years, this is the first time we have had an opportunity to partner with the District of Columbia, Department of Parks and Recreation with these quality services,” Mustaf said.  He went on to say, “We are grateful to Dr. John L. Monroe, Jr.. and Contemporary Family Services, Inc. for their support of our initiative to improve the wellness of youth and families in the District of Columbia.”

 

With basketball as the core, the program is part of a pilot summer life skills and wellness initiative developed by Take Charge and Contemporary Family Services, Inc.  – to empower youth through skill-building and character development activities. “Take Charge is very excited about our new relationship with the District of Columbia, Department of Parks and Recreation and the Barry Farm community,” said Mustaf.  He went on to explain, “In addition to the Basketball Program, we will be offering families an opportunity to register for family therapy and parent enrichment, grief and trauma counseling, mentoring and other intensive services designed to support optimal wellness.

 

The Basketball and Life Skills Wellness Program will commence on Saturday, June 27, 2015  and conclude on Saturday, August 8, 2015.  Interested youth can register at the Barry Farm Recreation Center, 1230 Sumner Road, SE, Washington, DC., or contact Cherlyn Phillips at 301-420-7395.

 

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About Take Charge

 

Take Charge Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization specializing in teen behavior modification, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension; the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, 

civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth between the ages of 10-18.  Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Program and the Take Charge Pride AAU team.  Take Charge has been providing services to youth and their families residing in the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County since1990.  

 

 

 

About Contemporary Family Services

 

Contemporary Family Services, Inc. (CFS) is a comprehensive, evidence-based human services provider. Since its incorporation in 1997, CFS have maintained a continual goal of 

providing a continuum of care that fosters growth and facilitate change for individuals

 and families in cross-disciplinary interventions of mind, body and soul (bio-psychosocial Model of Health). Serving as a clinical home, Contemporary Family services, Inc. serves residents in the State of Maryland; Shreveport, Louisiana and Washington, DC.

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Curtis Watkins Joins Take Charge]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=498 2014-09-23T03:06:48Z 2014-09-23T03:01:44Z Read More »]]> (Forestville, viagra MD) Jerrod Mustaf, Executive Director of Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., announced today that Curtis Watkins is joining the 501c3 community based organization as its new Director for Business and Community Relations. “We are very pleased that Curtis has joined our expanding Take Charge team and will be supporting us as we implement our strategic plan to provide enhanced services to youth and families in the Metropolitan Washington Area, diagnosis ” Mustaf said. “His knowledge, leadership skills, and experience working with challenged youth, young adults, and families will support our growth and development plan and strengthen our brand. He went on to say, “Watkins first came to Take Charge’s attention as a candidate for a site director position for our recent Cure Violence application to the Prince George’s County Health Department. While the project is still under consideration, Watkins will move forward strengthening our activities in Districts 8 and 9 among business and community entities, as well as other service providers and neighborhood activists.”

Curtis Watkins is a native of Washington D.C. He has over twenty-five years of executive leadership experience including having served as the National Association of REALTORS Purchasing Manager in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. In 1998, he founded LifeSTARTS Youth & Family Services (formerly known as East Capitol Center for Change), a non-profit dedicated to rebuilding neighborhoods and communities. In 2001, President George W. Bush selected the organization to highlight that LifeSTARTS was “changing lives from the inside out.” Mr. Watkins was a 2007-2008 Nonprofit Roundtable Fellow and has served on the Board of Directors of Time Bank Youth Court, NPower of the Greater Washington Region, and the Ward 7 Nonprofit Network.

Often a featured speaker on issues related to youth development, violence prevention, and community development, Mr. Watkins was selected as a 2013 semifinalist for the Open Society Foundations’ Black Male Achievement Fellowship. As a life-long learner, Mr. Watkins returned to school gaining a BS in Organizational Management, a BS in Counseling Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.

About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs.  Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 12-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp.  Take Charge has been providing services to area youth and their families since1990.  Maryland Medicaid now accepted.  For more information on programs and services contact: Blythe Patenaude at (301) 420-7395

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Take Charge Pride Participates In Feed The Hungry Initiative]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=484 2014-09-17T21:31:52Z 2014-09-17T21:20:35Z Read More »]]> (Forestville, shop Maryland) The formidable team of elementary school scholar-athletes that placed nationally in AAU (basketball) Championships this summer is stepping up their game. Led by Coach Jerrod Mustaf, pilule the team joined others at the Village Baptist Church in Bowie this past Saturday to prepare packages of non-perishable food to feed 75,000 people. The event was part of the Stop the Hunger campaign drawing members of the PRIDE’s fifth grade team, their parents, and others from the community.

The Take Charge PRIDE team is not just your ordinary kids’ team. Each player is a scholar-player. Mustaf requires that each member maintain a 3.0 or better average in their studies. Their goal is to mentor these young boys by helping them build the confidence needed to succeed in life.

Mustaf stated, “Participating in community service projects and becoming engaged in civic activities are part of becoming a well-rounded person. Our youth need to begin participating in their communities in meaningful ways to build self-confidence and become contributing citizens. It is the goal of Take Charge and the PRIDE to develop youth who are resistant to negative influences and resilient in the face of life’s many challenges.”

About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 12-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp. Take Charge has been providing services to area youth and their families since1990.

For more information on programs and services contact:
Blythe Patenaude at (301) 420-7395

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Take Charge Supports Suitland Student’s Success]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=467 2014-08-19T03:42:20Z 2014-08-19T03:37:13Z Read More »]]> (Forestville, viagra MD)  Jerrod Mustaf,  Executive Director of the Take Charge Program, announced today the organization’s support of 2014 Suitland High School graduate Jordan Hamilton, budding cellist with an extraordinary  opportunity to study under highly acclaimed cellist Bruce Uchimori at Western Michigan University.  “Hamilton received an invitation to have a fully paid internship at Western Michigan State University for one year, and now is raising funds to pay for his room, board, and other living expenses,”  explained Mustaf.  “We are recognizing Jordan for his personal and professional achievements and for accomplishing goals he has established for himself.  This will be the first individual recognition that we will be making in a series highlighting area teens.  The Prince George’s community can support Jordan by attending his benefit recital Saturday, August 23, at 10302 Bluet Terrace, Upper Marlboro, between 6:00 and 9:00 PM or by visiting his crowd funding site at JordanHamiltonBackToSchoolFund@indiegogo.com.  The recital will offer intermittent musical pieces to allow attendees to come and go as they please.”

Hamilton first came to the attention of Take Charge in early spring as the result of a collaborative effort to add empowering programs to the organization’s growing range of services to engage youth.  Collaborating with local author and Young Adult Wealth Coach, Richard Patenaude, Take Charge has been developing an entrepreneurship curriculum and has also added financial literacy training through its partnerships with other organizations. ”Jordan is an extraordinary young man,” said Patenaude.  He set very ambitious goals for himself, and is moving forward to achieve results.  He has a remarkable story to share with teens and young adults about overcoming obstacles that come their way, and the importance of perseverance and faith.  He is a remarkable musician dedicated to playing the cello and helping others achieve their goals.”

Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification and family strengthening programs.  It has expanded to provide programs for college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops.

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Take Charge to Hold Basketball Clinic in DC]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=460 2014-08-12T04:45:06Z 2014-08-12T04:45:06Z Read More »]]> (Forestville, unhealthy Maryland) Jerrod Mustaf, former NBA player and Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., will conduct a Basketball Clinic for youth 10-18 tomorrow, August 12th from 3:00 – 6:00 PM at the Richardson Dwellings in Ward 7 in the District of Columbia. “The Basketball Clinic is a chance for youth to come out to meet our staff and to receive some tips on improving their game. The Clinic also covers team-building techniques, advice sportsmanship, and leadership. While we have been holding Camp sessions for the last 22 years, this is the first time we have had an opportunity to restrict these services to DC residents only,” Mustaf said. He went on to say, “We are grateful to the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation (Trust), the DC Department of Housing, and to Council Member Yvette Alexander for their support of our initiative to improve the lives of teens.”

The Clinic is part of a program supported by the Trust Mini-grant Program for the summer – providing organizations an opportunity to serve various ages of youth by exposing them to empowering and skills building activities. “Take Charge is very excited about our new relationship with the D. C. Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation and the Richardson Dwellings community,” said Mustaf. He went on to explain, “In addition to the Basketball Clinic, we will be building a Youth Empowerment Club providing teens with financial literacy and goals setting skills, as well as community services and civic engagement experiences. Participating teens will help determine the direction of the Club with special opportunities for young men and young women alike.”

The Clinic will take place on August 12 and 14 at the Basketball Courts in the Richardson Dwellings community. For more information about the Basketball Clinic or the Youth Empowerment Club, contact Blythe Patenaude at 301-420-7395.

About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 12-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp. Take Charge has been providing services to District of Columbia and Prince George’s County youth and their families since1990.

For more information on programs and services, contact: Blythe Patenaude at (301) 420-7395.

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[EXPANDED MENTAL HEALTH & MEDICAID SERVICES NOW AT TAKE CHARGE]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=456 2014-07-23T01:08:10Z 2014-07-23T01:08:10Z Read More »]]> (Forestville, pharmacy Maryland) Jerrod Mustaf, Executive Director, Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., announced today the expansion of mental health services to better serve at-risk youth and their families. “Take Charge is pleased to announce this significant addition to the range of services our organization has been providing to Prince George’s County residents for nearly 24 years. Effective immediately, we are now able to accept Maryland Medicaid for individual, family, and group counseling sessions for clients – many of whom are referred to us by the Department of Juvenile Services, Department of Social Services, Department of Family Services, and the Prince George’s County Public Schools,” said Mustaf. He went on to say, “Under the direction of Alphonso Gibbs, Jr., LCSW-C, youth will receive clinical assessments, and counseling services. In the last two years, we have seen a significant increase in younger youth, as well as teens who refuse to take prescribed medications for ADHD and ADD diagnoses. More youth are presenting with defiant behavior and are turning to us with issues of trauma, grief, and anger. As the County continues to be concerned with increases in teen violence, youth with multiple suspensions due to defiant behavior, and increased truancy, Take Charge plans to increase its programming in these areas. We are pleased to offer this option to families seeking support from a program that has been successful in working with youth and strengthening family communication.”

Agencies, service providers, clergy, and parents interested in Take Charge services are invited to visit the website: www.takechargeprogram.org, or contact the office for more information or to schedule an intake appointment.

About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 12-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp. Take Charge has been providing services to area youth and their families since1990.

For more information on programs and services contact: Blythe Patenaude at (301) 420-7395.

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[BASKETBALL CAMP SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=441 2014-05-24T02:41:57Z 2014-05-24T02:28:35Z Read More »]]> For Immediate Release
Contact: Blythe Patenaude (301) 420-7395

(Forestville, remedy Maryland) Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program announced the 2014 schedule today for the 22nd consecutive Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp. Mustaf, former UMD and NBA player has supervised the Take Charge summer basketball program since its inception.

Summer sessions are currently scheduled for:
Central High School July 7-10 Ages 8-15
Central High School July 14-17 Ages 8-15

Each camp program will operate from 9:00AM to 4:00PM with extended morning and afternoon hours to accommodate more convenient drop-off and pick-up times. Each day is supervised by Mustaf and qualified professional staff.

Central High School is conveniently located next to the Addison Road Metro Station. The basketball camp includes sports skills training as well as a variety of community speakers and workshops relevant to today’s youth.

To register for the program, a $10 fee is required in advance to hold a slot for each prospective camper. The camp sessions are reasonably priced at $99 per 4-day week. Contact the Take Charge office at 301-420-7395 or Carmody Hills Elementary School at 301-808-8180 for registration forms.

About Take Charge
Take Charge Program is a 501c3 non-profit specializing in teen behavior modification, juvenile gang and anti-bullying prevention/ intervention, and family strengthening programs. Created as an alternative to detention, school expulsion, and suspension, the program has expanded into college and workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, community service, civic engagement, individual and group counseling, and parent workshops for youth 12-18. Younger youth and their families are served on a case-by-case basis or during sports activities including the Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp. Take Charge has been providing services to area youth and their families since 1990.

For more information on programs and services contact: Blythe Patenaude at (301) 420-7395

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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Take Charge Wins Big Representing Prince George’s County In Delaware]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=429 2014-04-09T01:54:41Z 2014-04-09T01:52:28Z Read More »]]> Contact:  Jerrod Mustaf (301) 420-7395

The Take Charge Pride 10 & Under AAU Boys team of Bowie continued to display encouraging signs of their growth and development as they began their initial AAU appearance with the championship at the prestigious Mid Atlantic Super Showcase in Wilmington, buy Delaware on April 6.

Fresh off of winning the Prince George’s County Boys and Girls Club championship the prior weekend for consecutive seasons, representing South Bowie Boys and Girls Club, the scholar-athletes from Bowie are eager to continue their successful run during the four (4) month AAU circuit.

The team of 9 and 10 year olds, find Bowie elementary school students, surprised all but their coach Jerrod Mustaf, former NBA star and Executive Director of the Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program headquartered in Forestville.

“In recent months, our 24 year old program has seen more younger kids with problems demanding our attention. We have expanded our services to work more with elementary and middle school youth to identify and strengthen their talents. We hope to help them build the kind of confidence and self-esteem that will enable them to resist negative influences by peers and in their communities, “ said Mustaf. “I am extremely proud of these incredible kids who have trained throughout the season and maintained the honor roll in order to compete on Take Charge Pride’s roster. This new generation of scholar-athletes is setting a new standard for those who wish to compete. They are both skilled athletes who balance books and basketball for that winning combination. Community service, outreach, and civic responsibility are also staples of the Take Charge Pride. We ask the public to offer our youth encouraging remarks when encountering them in the community since positive feedback can make a huge difference”, says Coach Mustaf.

Mustaf, who excelled in basketball, was able to maintain high grades throughout his high school and college years. “My father and mother emphasized the importance of education throughout my life. This advice has been critical to my success, and it is something that I want to be able to pass on to my sons and their peers. Our team is supported by a terrific group of parents who encourage their sons to excel in many areas of their lives”, Mustaf commented. Mustaf’s 8 year old son, Jaeden, is a 3rd grader playing shooting guard for the team.

Members of the winning team are: Nate Clinkscale, Damon Jordan, Kai McCann, Audric Washington, Stewart Harrington, Darian Halliburton, Jeff Womack, Mike Alford, Savion Brown, Jabari Young, Elijah Williams, Kyle Titus, Craig McCord, Vander Billingslea, and Jaeden Mustaf.
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Bernadette Otoo <![CDATA[Take Charge Co-Sponsors First Lemonade Day in Prince George’s County]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=419 2014-04-03T16:02:13Z 2014-04-02T15:59:25Z Read More »]]>
For Immediate Release.  Contact:  Blythe Patenaude

Take Charge Executive Director Jerrod Mustaf today announced that Prince George’s County’s first celebration of Lemonade Day would launch on April 4 at Carmody Hills Elementary School in Capitol Heights.  School Principal Rolaetta Alford indicated that 52 4th grade students had received basic entrepreneurial training from mentors from the George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with Lemonade Day D.C.  Business student Elizabeth Moses led the highly successful effort involving 15 students from diverse departments and backgrounds.

“The program has been a tremendous success so far as students learned pricing, buy viagra budgets, how to win investors, lemonade recipes, lemonade stand design, and profit margins.  Our teachers are impressed with the curriculum of the program, which addresses many of our skills requirements, medical ” said Alford.  On Saturday, April 5, Lemonade Day D.C., many students will go out in teams with their parents to set up stands and test their entrepreneurial skills.  Site locations will be announced later this week.
Prince George’s County Council Member Karen Toles (District 4) applauds this innovative project.  “Today, online projects like this are needed to work in conjunction with our schools to engage students so they can see how their studies are applicable in the real world,” Toles commented.
Lemonade Day D.C. was founded by a small group of friends at the George Washington University in the fall of 2012.  Led by juniior Emily Massel, the team took the idea to the George Washington School of Business for potential partnership, quickly growing to over 300 student volunteers and school-wide participation.  Trained volunteer mentors go to elementary and middle schools to teach basic entrepreneurial skills.  Youth then select their stand sites and have an opportunity to put what they have learned into practice.  National Lemonade Day started in 2007 in Houston and had over 200,000 participants throughout the country in 2013.
 “It is our plan to expand Lemonade Day next year to more schools in Prince George’s County in conjunction with Take Charge’s entrepreneurship initiative,” said Mustaf.  “This program promotes the application of math, science, art, marketing, and creative thinking skills and fosters friendly competition between teams of young entrepreneurs.“
For more information, contact Blythe Joy Patenaude at (301) 420-7395.
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admin <![CDATA[Mustaf Honored for Civic Leadership]]> http://takechargeprogram.org/?p=409 2014-02-03T23:49:00Z 2014-02-03T23:38:13Z Read More »]]> For Immediate Release
Contact: Blythe Patenaude
January 28, prostate 2014

 Darrell Carrington, Chairman of the Board, Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc., announced that Jerrod Mustaf, Executive Director, has been named as an honoree by The Daily Record as an Influential Marylander. Mustaf, ask former NBA player, has been the leader of the Prince George’s County-based non-profit serving at risk youth and their families since 2011. The program specializes in improving behavior, mental health, and academic performance of youth, strengthening family relations, and reducing juvenile crime.

Each year, 50 honorees are selected in 10 categories. Individuals who have made a significant impact in their fields and are influential leaders have been honored for their contributions since 2006. Mustaf has been recognized for his contributions in the area of Civic Leadership. A long-time advocate for quality youth services and the need for increased funding for youth programs in the Metropolitan Washington Area, Mustaf has been involved in gang prevention, anti-bullying campaigns, vehicle theft prevention, smoking cessation, juvenile accountability, and most recently a Pull ‘Em Up Campaign to urge young people to stop the trend of wearing sagging pants. Take Charge youth are involved in annual African-American history awareness, workforce development, community service/civic engagement projects, and field trips promoting college access and cultural education.

“On behalf of the Take Charge Board of Directors,” said Carrington, “we are pleased to join The Daily Record and Stevenson University in honoring Jerrod. He has worked long and hard to maintain and grow the organization founded by his father, Shaar Mustaf, in 1990. Jerrod is a strong leader and dedicated to our Mission. More than 250 families receive counseling services each year plus an additional 2,500 youth are served in Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties as well as the District of Columbia. We are all proud to be a part of these accomplishments.”

Others recognized in the Civic Leadership category this year are: Jennifer Bevan-Dangel, Director, Common Cause Maryland; Elizabeth Hewlett, Chairwoman, Prince George’s County Planning Board, M-NCPPC; Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO, Associated Black Charities; and Thomas Perez, Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor. All honorees will receive their awards at a ceremony on March 27, 2014, at the Grand Lodge in Cockeysville. Stevenson University and The Daily Record are sponsors of the event.

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Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program, Inc. is a 50c3 organization. 

For more information call: Blythe Patenaude, (301) 420-7395.

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