Help Build Safer Communities as an AmeriCorps Member at Drew University

Drew’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict is the proud recipient of a three-year AmeriCorps grant awarded by the New Jersey State Commission on National and Community Service “Safer Communities.”

Learn more about the CRCC’s ongoing commitment to improving relationships between law enforcement and communities.

Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting Held at Drew University, 2016

NJTV News Chief Political Correspondent Michael Aron reported on the Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting at Drew University

“Many denominations are represented,” Aron wrote, “as is law enforcement. Participants say it’s valuable.”

Watch NJTV video and read Aron’s complete article “Togetherness Prominent at Homeland Security Interfaith Council Meeting” here.

Community Policing 2.0 Program, November 2016.

Distinguished panelists included Jonathan Parham, Chief of Police, Linden Police Department, Bernard Kerik, Former NYC Police Commissioner, and Tommy Tunson, PhD., J.D., Former Police Chief addressed police and community relationships.

KM_0317_SugermanForum_245Ps Radical Redemption: Confronting Fear and Hatred in the Wake of Tragedy. The Shirley Sugerman Interfaith Forum, March 2017

Serve 2 Unite founder Pardeep Kaleka, son of slain Oak Creek WI Sikh temple president, and Arno Michaelis, Serve 2 Unite educator and former white supremacist, spoke frankly about forgiveness, redemption, and efforts to reach students nationwide with their message of overcoming hatred.

Know Your Rights: Navigating Civil Liberties and Security” with Ehsan Zaffar, February 2017 

Ehsan Zaffar is an expert on civil rights and civil liberties, especially with regard to balancing these rights and liberties with national security concerns.

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 NJOAG logoNew Jersey Office of the Attorney General

AmeriCorps Full-time Member Service Opportunities

AmeriCorps members will be assigned to work with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, in a collaborative effort with the Office of Community Justice and the Division of Criminal Justice to assist with the planning and execution of activities and events that will strengthen law enforcement and community relationships on a statewide basis.  Also, members will be deployed to assist several County Prosecutors Offices to enhance community engagement efforts in those locations.

Learn more and apply here.

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 AmeriCorps Half-time Member Service Opportunities

AmeriCorps Members will be assigned to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) located in Hamilton, New Jersey. Members’ primary task will be to work with the NJOHSP’s Interfaith Advisory Council, which brings together government agencies and the interfaith communities in the State to discuss topics to establish trust and build safer, more secure communities.

Learn more and apply here.

CRCC Community Oriented Policing – Conflict Resolution and De-Escalation Training @ Drew

Are You Planning a Career in Law, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, Social Work, Homeland Security and Preparedness, Emergency Management and Disaster Response?

Under the supervision of Jonathan Golden, Director of the CRCC, as a part-time AmeriCorps member in Community Oriented Policing Conflict Resolution and De-Escalation Training you will participate in training local police, community members, and at-risk youth in conflict resolution and de-escalation techniques. Plan and host community-building activities, modeled after the successful national Youth Police Initiative program (YPI).  Measure your impact through surveys, and highlight success stories on social media!

Learn more and apply here.

Why We Do What We Do

AmeriCorps members will play a vital role in the Drew Community Policing Initiative, a comprehensive program designed to improve police and community relations by promoting greater understanding, communication, and positive interaction between them.

As we at Drew University’s Center on Religion, Culture and Conflict have learned from our extensive local, regional and global peacebuilding work, with perseverance and sustained efforts involving effective methods and strategies, trust can be built and rebuilt.  It begins with small steps and gestures aimed at demonstrating goodwill, as well as activities that encourage empathy and understanding.

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AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 men and women in committed service each year at more than 21,000 locations including nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community groups across the country.

AmeriCorps members are preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs, reducing crime and reviving cities, connecting returning veterans to jobs, fighting the opioid epidemic, supporting seniors to live independently and with dignity, making college more accessible and affordable, and helping Americans rebuild their lives following a disaster, all while adding unique value to the nation’s nonprofit sector.

Through their service, AmeriCorps members gain valuable skills, along with quantifiable professional and educational benefits, and the experience has a lasting impact on the members and the communities they serve.


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