Scott J. Schick Chief
I have worked with youth in the juvenile justice system for thirty years. I love what I do for the simple reason that many of the youth I have worked with stayed out of the criminal justice system. The programs I have developed, were intended to provide boys and girls opportunities they would have otherwise been denied. I learned at an early time in my career that meeting at risk youth at their level, taking the time to understand their circumstances, and just being yourself with them gives them dignity and allows for trust and hope. Chico State University where I met my lifelong friend Mike Mitchell, was the foundation for my career of using athletics, recreation, and experiential education as a catalyst for change in youth struggling to find themselves in this complicated world. You put a kid on a road bike, do candle lit yoga sessions in a secure juvenile detention setting, complete a triathlon with a “non-swimmer”, bang out a drum circle with 30 residential program youth, or field a Championship, Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Varsity Soccer team out of hardened street kids from different gang sets, you do any of these things, it will allow the child to build confidence and success identity as they move forward in their young lives. Project Play is a beacon for all of us to get involved and make a difference. There are too many children and adolescents in this world who are being denied opportunities in their lives. I stand shoulder to shoulder with Mike and his ambassadors in support of Project Play and the mission to bring a little Hope to the children of Niger and where ever else we can make a difference. The flame is lit let’s keep it burning!
Scott J. Shick Chief
Douglas County Juvenile Services
Minden, Nevada, USA