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Beechnut Graduation Spring 2014

Beechnut Graduation Spring 2014 On May 12, 2014 the TAPS teens graduated the program. As we sat and watched them walk to receive their certificates, their faces displayed mixed feelings of pride and a sense of accomplishment. As they go forth and face a new chapter in their lives, they are able to use the […]

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TAPS Camp 2014

TAPS Camp officially started on July 14th, 2014. There were forty-one teens, twelve officers and several volunteers that came together to make TAPS Camp 2014 happen. The teens were in for a surprise with Astronaut William S. McArthur as a guest speaker. He has been with NASA since August 1987 as a Space Shuttle vehicle integration […]

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St. Kitts-Nevis Police tap into new community program

Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 03, 2014 (SKNIS): Police officers in St. Kitts and Nevis are embracing a new programme to bridge the gap between themselves and at-risk youth as part of their community policing initiative. The Teens and Police Services (T.A.P.S.) Academy was introduced on Thursday (July 03) to senior ranks of the Royal St. Christopher […]

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TAPS Academy reduces the School to Prison Pipeline

Since 2012 when TAPS Academy in Houston, Texas (Beechnut Academy)was granted authority to award one high school credit to students completing the TAPS Academy curriculum 64 credits have been granted. Thus TAPS Academy not only reduces the social distance between teens and police it also redirects students away from the School to Prison Pipeline.

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TAPS Academy Week 9: Spanish and English Translation

El tema fue de Tirador Activo, los jóvenes mostraron mucho interés debido a que aquí en Puerto Rico, esta situación nunca ha sucedido. En las mesas muchos discutieron el tema y se le aclararon sus dudas a que hacer ante una situación asi. El joven que está sentado atrás con la teniente, fue debido a […]

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The TAPS Academy 2nd Annual Gardens of Greatness 2014

May 17, 2014 – such a wonderful day to remember.  The TAPS Academy 2nd Annual Gardens of Greatness was hosted at Beechnut Academy.  Volunteers from different organizations, such as the American Red Cross, the University of Houston – Clear Lake, the Houston Police Department and Public Affairs Division and Tack Team, and the Gang Task […]

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Independence High School, Columbus, Ohio Spring 2014

Members of TAPS Academy 10. Independence High School, Columbus, Ohio Spring 2014 Dr. Penn and Assistant Public Safety Director of Columbus Robert Stewart sign TAPS Academy certificates at the TAPS Academy graduation in Columbus, Ohio.  

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Shirts with a Cause

TAPS Club members at CAN Academy in Houston make t-shirts to tell how they feel. The T-Shirt project is a nationally known project that rules on a specific theme and allows the participants to hang their dirty clothes out to dry. Shirts will be on display at the TAPS Festival Saturday May 17 from 12-5p.  www.tapsacademy.org/Clubs

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TAPS Academy Ponce PR, Week 7 (English and Spanish translation)

Esta semana tuvimos la charla sobre deserción escolar y ausentismo, los jóvenes contaron sus experiencias sobre el tema y cuando fueron divididos en grupos, en la mesa de la policía Virna Feliciano, una jovencita le expreso que ella había abandonado la escuela porque su novio había hecho lo mismo y luego, sus padres la aconsejaron […]

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Beechnut Academy April 28, 2014

The teens were able to complete their t-shirts for the TAPS festival on May 17th, 2014. This was a really good exercise for the teens to partake in because of the different levels of creativity and unity they displayed. There was also a surprise visitor. Former Chief Lumpkin, came and surprised the teens and staff […]

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