SHOCK transforms young lives

FROM STAFF REPORTS

They’re core values: Self-discipline, honor, obedience, character and knowledge.

Together they spell SHOCK and have the power to transform young lives. Since 2007, the Apple Valley Police Activities League has put hundreds of local yoths back on the right track through the 10-week SHOCK Program.

The evening classes consist of approximately one and a half hours of physical activity (close order drill / physical fitness) and one and a half hours of classroom instruction. The physical activity is designed to promote teamwork and improve impulse control. The classroom portion is taught by S.H.O.C.K. staff and speakers from the community. Speakers have included doctors, detectives, members of the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office, Apple Valley Gang Unit, San Bernardino County Probation and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

The program is a cooperative effort among several different public safety entities within the County of San Bernardino and teaches teenagers the skills to be a successful part of the community.

The 11th SHOCK class graduated Oct. 24. Following are statements from two graduates.

Anthony Torres, S.H.O.C.K. Class #11, Class Sergeant
Before SHOCK I wanted to live the gang life because what I had seen on TV. The SHOCK program showed me that I was going down the wrong path. I didn't care about school or what my grades were. I now want to go to college and become a lawyer.

SHOCK also taught me how to be a leader and not a follower. I also learned to do the right thing when no one is looking. Before SHOCK I thought it would be fun to just try drugs but the SHOCK classes taught me to stay away from drugs and not to try them.

It also taught me respect for myself and others. The program changed my attitude about how I deal with issues in life. SHOCK was the best experience of my life because it showed me how my life was going in the wrong direction and how to fix it.

Alysa Piar, S.H.O.C.K. Class #11, Class Corporal
SHOCK changed my perspective about things and made me think about my choices in life. I think the program is good for anyone that doesn't realize what their actions are doing to others around them.
I learned to deal with my problems in a different way besides drinking or smoking. The program changed how I react to what is going on in my home.

The program taught me that I am not alone. I realized that there are people that believe in me. I think more people should consider going into the SHOCK program. It can help people to who need guidance by showing them a different perspective. The SHOCK program is a good idea for those who have lost their way.