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D.A.R.E. America Youth Advocacy Board Member from Michigan

My name is Jack Droelle, and I am a freshman at Shelby Junior High School in Shelby Township, Michigan. I am the D.A.R.E Youth Advocacy Board Representative from Michigan!

I was nominated by Officer Leslie Heisler of the Shelby Township Police department. I graduated from the D.A.R.E. program with Officer Heisler when I was in sixth grade. I also worked with Officer Leslie in raising money for the C.O.P.P.E.R. fund (Community Oriented Policing/Public Education Resources), which is used to support the department’s community resource and education initiatives. Part of the C.O.P.P.E.R. fund was used to purchase and customize a trailer which the STPD intends to function as a mobile education unit. The trailer would feature displays and equipment for drug education and safety awareness.

I found a calling in community service. After taking first place in the State Optimist International Oratorical Contest, I also became very confident in public speaking. I worked with the Shelby Area Optimist Club to form a Junior Optimist Club for 7-12 graders. I was a charter member and the President for the first year. The club is in its second year and I am currently the Secretary of the club. We do a lot of volunteering, fundraising and community service/charity work.

I work babysitting a lot and enjoy spending time and being a good influence on the younger children in my neighborhood. Also, I work for my school’s athletic department score-keeping volleyball and basketball, and selling tickets at football games.

I am really excited about the opportunity to serve on the Youth Advocacy Board and it is my hope to be a good influence to others in my community and bring more conversation about the challenges young people meet while in Junior High and High School.