DreamChasers, LLC a New Jersey-Based Behavioral Health and Social Services Agency Develops Innovative Juvenile Justice Intervention Model
Literacy & Life Skills Partnership (LLSP)
DreamChaser’s Literacy, & Life Skills Partnership addresses the dire link between learning deficiencies among urban students and juvenile delinquency. LLSP’s mission is to prevent future crimes by first-time juvenile offenders with reading difficulties by re-engaging them in learning, educational, and vocational opportunities.
In cooperation with New Jersey County’s District Attorneys, Assistant Public Defenders, Juvenile Court, Public Schools, and the NJ Juvenile Justice Commission, LLSP will provides a critical early intervention for first-time offenders with special learning needs in lieu of costly prosecution. LLSP participants will attend the literacy and life skills-based tutoring and mentoring program once weekly for at least six months under a court-sanctioned mutual postponement. If a youth completes 50 hours in the program, maintains regular school attendance, and incurs no new charges, his/her case will be dismissed. LLSP will serve over 100 youth ages 10-17 in Fiscal Year 2016.
Early names surfacing around the Drexel Basketball coaching job include Geoffrey Arnold, St. Joseph’s University assistant and Ashley Howard, Villanova assistant. Both worked previously as Drexel assistant coaches.
Geoffrey Arnold, pictured with his nephew Langston Galloway (NY Knicks) whom he recruited out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Ashley Howard, Assistant Coach under Jay Wright at Villanova University
Terrell Myers, Director of the WeRone Hoops Basketball Club which plays on the Under Armour circuit, weighed in on the Drexel coaching search. “It’s a no-brainer… If they want a guy with experience recruiting high level players and getting Philly players to stay home they can’t go wrong with Geoff or Ashley. I have a tremendous amount of respect for those guys. They have paid their dues. WeRone would be fully supportive of either one of them at Drexel.”
WeRone Hoops won the 2014 National Championship on the Under Armour Association Circuit. Their current 17U roster includes Trevon Duval, (ranked 5th on the ESPN top 60 Class of 2017), Zack Kent (ranked 50th by 247sports.com) and Antwan Butler (All-City, All-Public in Philadelphia). Recent WeRone alums include Austin Tilghman (Monmouth), AJ English (Iona), Sedee Keita (South Carolina commit), Ben Bentil (1st Team All-Big East) and Nysier Brooks (Cincinnati commit).