The City of Bristol Department of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services is pleased to announce the selection of Jenelle Howard for the Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator. Howard holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Forensic Psychology from the University of New Haven as well as two Master’s Degrees from Clark University; a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Art in Community Development and Planning. Presently, she serves as an Assistant Community Recreation Counselor in the City of Hartford Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation where she assists in the coordination, planning and administration of programs for an active neighborhood community center. Her work includes meeting with citizen groups to develop community goals and objectives, as well as cultivating relationships with public and private agencies and neighborhood groups to establish programs.
Previously, Howard served as a Case Manager and Outreach Worker at Friendly House Comprehensive CAGS Program in Worcester, MA where she managed a case load of 50 youth experiencing challenges with gang involvement. She was responsible for conducting intakes, assessment, case management and reporting. In addition, Howard has served as a Youth Counselor, Graduate Assistant at Clark University, and a Team Leader and Development Coordinator for City Year Miami AmeriCorps in Miami, FL. As Drug Free Communities Project Coordinator, Howard will be responsible for advancing the work of the B.E.S.T.-4- Bristol Coalition and Youth Coalition in an effort to eliminate youth substance abuse in the City of Bristol. She will be working closely with Bristol schools, coalition partners and community agencies to develop prevention programs and initiatives that engage the community.
Deputy Superintendent Sarah Larson said in a press release, “Jenelle’s urban prevention experience and work with at-risk youth provides her with critical skills and a cultural competence that are necessary to reduce youth substance use in Bristol.” Superintendent of Parks, Recreation, Youth and Community Services Dr. Joshua Medeiros added, “In addition to Jenelle’s impressive credentials, we were captivated by her enthusiasm, energy and ideas for advancing the work of the B.E.S.T.-4- Bristol Coalition and the work of the Drug Free Communities. I believe Jenelle has what it takes to bring the work to the next level and make a significant impact for the Bristol community”.
In anticipation of her new role, Jenelle said, “I live by the motto ‘Be the change you wish to see in the world…’ -Gandhi. I am hoping to add to the positive change already happening in Bristol. Let’s get started!” Howard officially assumes the role of Project Coordinator on Monday April 13, with an annual starting salary of $53,987 paid for entirely by the Drug Free Communities Grant.
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