Asbury Park youths, who have been arrested for drugs,
theft and fighting at school, will be living at a
“boot camp” at the Salvation Army in Asbury
Park next month in an effort to turn their lives
limited number of spaces are still available for the
intense, week-long boot camp being offered to male
Asbury Park teens between the ages of 14 and 16.
new program – headed by Salvation Army Major
Jeffery T. Bassett and City Police Director L. Louis
Jordan – is structured like a military boot camp,
and is aimed at exposing at-risk teens to the rewards
of discipline, education, employment, and self-respect.
honest goal is to take those kids whose lives are at a
dead end and turn them around and expose them to a
positive experience,” Bassett said. “They
will come in as someone who is unemployable and leave
as someone who a business will want to hire.”
boot camp has space for 20 youths, who will live at the
Salvation Army for the week-long program. Many of the
youths have been ordered by the court to attend but
none are violent offenders.
will be here by choice, others are mandated,”
said he had been thinking about a boot camp for a few
years. Serious planning for it began 14 months ago
among Bassett, former Councilwoman Kate Mellina, Police
Jordan and attorney Ron Troppoli.
want to do it right,” Bassett said.
“Myself, Lou Jordan and Ron will be living with
the kids here. During the day we have volunteers who
will help take them to ShopRite and other businesses
and county parks.”
Activities will include team-building and character
training; motivational drills; talks on drugs, violence
and anger management; community service projects; life
skills; job skills; and more.
believe this program will provide an incredible
opportunity for young people who have made some bad
choices in the past to succeed and excel to become the
future leaders of our great community,” Bassett
and Jordan have reached out to Big Brothers Big Sisters
as well as local congregations to maintain contact with
the participants and their families for ongoing support
Interviews for youths interested in attending are being
conducted at the Salvation Army, 605 Asbury Ave.,
Asbury Park on Saturday, July 2 between 10 a.m. and
noon. Teens must be accompanied by a parent or
adult guardian at the interviews.
more information or to schedule an interview, call
Bassett or Captain Cynthia Foster at 732-775-8698, ext.