Giving Teens a Voice

NYS - Homeland Security

Homeland Security Recommendations from the NCPC McGruff Ambassadors


1.       Schools will develop educational programs for all grade levels that provide in-depth knowledge of issues surrounding the threat of terrorism.


2.      Schools and communities will develop programs that foster patriotism and stimulate young Americans to participate in community service projects.


3.      All schools in the United States of America and its Territories will create safety and security councils that include students, teachers, administrators and parents for the purpose of implementing terrorism crisis plans.


4.      Schools will host regular awareness sessions for community members and youth that are directed toward educating the public about the changes happening in their state and nation regarding homeland security.


5.      Schools and community-based organizations will encourage the media to concentrate on reporting positive activities and events taking place in the nation.  Promote positive human interest stories to uplift people spirits. 


6.      State and local government entities will encourage families to develop emergency preparedness and communication plans that focus on the basics of safety, encourage patriotism and promote family values.


7.      Schools will create student support groups that include trusted and caring adults to help deal with the threat of terrorism.


8.      Schools and community-based organizations will encourage the establishment of discussion groups utilizing highly experienced professionals to educate teens on issues surrounding terrorism in America.


9.      Schools and community-based organizations will create peer education groups that focus on how to deal with terrorism.


10.   Schools will create programs for high school students to mentor younger students on how to understand and cope with the threat of terrorism.


11.    Schools and community-based organizations will encourage and promote curriculum and activities that promote religious and cultural tolerance and understanding.


12.   Schools and communities will establish mentoring programs in law enforcement, fire, civil preparedness, and emergency medicine to encourage students to volunteer in and around the needs of homeland security.