DEERFIELD TWP. — Nine Cumberland County Technical School seniors were recognized for their efforts in creating a logo for the Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition, a county-wide juvenile delinquency reduction and prevention effort funded by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and Cumberland County Freeholders.
At the request of Dr. Dina Elliot, Cumberland County Board of Vocational Education Superintendent and CCPYDC Member, each senior student in the afternoon Graphic Design class at Cumberland County Technical School drafted a logo design to be submitted to CCPYDC’s Executive Committee for consideration. In order to create their design, students were provided background about the CCPYDC, as well as preliminary sketches of possible logo designs that had been created by Coalition Members. The students who took up the challenge are: Samantha Arendt, Shrya Calhoun, Bryan Hernandez, Gabriel Jackson, Brittany Santiago, Nathaniel Santiago, James Sutton, Alexander Weems, and Eric Widing.
Ultimately, the Executive Committee chose the design of Brittany Santiago, and the Coalition has formally adopted Santiago’s creation as the official logo to be utilized on all CCPYDC materials. At this month’s CCPYDC Meeting, the Coalition unveiled its new logo and provided members with long sleeve t-shirts and pens displaying the logo. Students from the Graphic Design class attended the meeting to be recognized by the Coalition and received a declaration of thanks from the Cumberland County Freeholders presented by Freeholder Director, Joe Derella, who is also a Coalition Member.
“These types of projects provide real-world, hands-on experience for students,” explained the group’s teacher, Tom Lago. Lago explained that graphic design can be a competitive field, and learning to satisfy the needs of the customer is an important lesson that should be learned early on. As such, Lago was glad to participate in the project as students developed practical skills while also benefiting the CCPYDC.
Cumberland County Positive Youth Development Coalition (CCPYDC) is a county-wide juvenile delinquency effort funded by the NJ Attorney General’s Office and Cumberland County Freeholders. Started in the city of Vineland in 2009, the Coalition expanded to a county-wide effort in 2013. The Coalition brings together stakeholders from a number of sectors including education, law enforcement, social services, faith-based organizations, and youth serving organizations, in order to reduce juvenile delinquency and prevent those already involved in the juvenile system from becoming involved in the adult criminal justice system.