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2011 Director’s Community Leadership Awards

Charlotte Gang Alternative Principles

Charlotte field office Director’s Community Leadership Award 2011

Dr. Ricky A. Woods accepts the award on behalf of Gang Alternative Principles.

The Charlotte Division is pleased to honor Gang Alternative Principles (GAP), a subprogram of the First Baptist Church-West’s Community Services Association. GAP seeks to prevent and intervene in gang involvement by providing extensive youth programs, educational activities, and counseling services.

The program is exceptionally important, as the Charlotte metropolitan area has witnessed widespread growth in its gang population, with more than 53 gangs and more than 3,000 active members confirmed by local authorities.

Since the program started in 2008, more than 200 young men have successfully completed the curriculum that focuses on life skills, leadership development, group counseling, and one-on-one tutoring. GAP was the first program in North Carolina to bring various sects of gang members together in a church environment to participate in school and community activities.

GAP participants are typically referred by school counselors, principals, juvenile justice officials, parents, and church representatives. Students participating in GAP make a nine-week commitment to meet for half-day sessions on Saturdays. The program is funded by the Mecklenburg County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.

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FBI Director Recognizes
Distinguished Community Leaders
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In a ceremony at FBI Headquarters, Director Robert S. Mueller, III recognized the recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award. These leaders, selected by their area FBI field office, have demonstrated outstanding contributions to their local communities through service. The FBI is grateful for the work of each of these individuals and organizations on behalf of their communities.

“Whatever the motivation—an unfilled need, a tragic occurrence, a desire to give back—these are people who make things happen and enlist others in their cause,” said Director Mueller. “They are activists who have earned their prestige through good works.”

Recipients of the 2011 Director’s Community Leadership Award include:

- Albany
- Albuquerque
- Anchorage
- Atlanta
- Baltimore
- Birmingham
- Boston
- Buffalo
- Charlotte
- Chicago
- Cincinnati
- Cleveland
- Columbia
- Dallas
- Denver
- Detroit
- El Paso
- Honolulu
- Houston
- Indianapolis
- Jackson
- Jacksonville
- Kansas City
- Knoxville
- Las Vegas
- Little Rock
- Los Angeles
- Louisville
- Memphis

- Milwaukee
- Minneapolis
- Mobile
- New Haven
- New Orleans
- New York
- Newark
- Norfolk
- Oklahoma City
- Omaha
- Philadelphia
- Phoenix
- Pittsburgh
- Portland
- Richmond
- Sacramento
- Salt Lake City
- San Antonio
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Juan
- Seattle
- Springfield
- St. Louis
- Tampa
- Washington Field
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