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Leadership Structure of the Norristown Area Communities That Care Initiative
Norristown Area Communities That Care For Youth is governed by a collaborative board of community residents, youth, private and public agency representatives, law enforcement, and school district representatives. The CTC for Youth board is responsible for advising the Steering Committee and the Community Mobilizer regarding community needs, programmatic responses to the Risk and Resource Assessment, gaps in current services to youth and their families and problem solving creative solutions to barriers to effective CTC implementation. The CTC for Youth Board reviews and provides final approval of the Risk and Resource Assessments and acceptance of the priority risk factors as well as approval of the prevention strategies.
The CTC for Youth Board has active participation from more than 40 members. Board members serve on five active committees: Program/Resource Development; Education/Marketing; Youth Committee; New Member Orientation/Recruitment; and the Steering Committee. Chairpersons of the CTC for Youth Board are elected by the board in two-year cycles.
Our CTC Co-Chairpersons
Cindy Serratore is a life-long resident of the Norristown area. She lives in East Norriton Township with her husband Jim, who is also a very active community volunteer. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in early childhood education and taught for several years before taking time off to raise her two children. Cindy is currently the vice president of Samson Paper Company in West Norriton.
Cindy has been involved as a volunteer in the Norristown community for many years. In addition to her position with Norristown Area CTC for Youth, she volunteers with the Girl Scouts of Freedom Valley, the Norristown Police Athletic League Education Committee, First Presbyterian Church of Norristown and various committees within the Norristown Area School District, including the Alumni Association and the Hall of Champions Association.
Cindy is truly an asset to Norristown CTC for Youth and the children of the Greater Norristown Area. She is committed to education and feels that giving children a good start in life is the best gift that they can receive. She believes in the philosophy that it takes a village to raise a child and is committed to doing her part to help the children and their families in the Norristown community achieve success.
Joe Rodriguez is a committed member of the Greater Norristown Area through his volunteer efforts with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Children's Aid Society and actively participating in various meetings/forums/ discussions that directly affect the Greater Norristown Area, such as the Times Herald Advisory Committee. In August 2006 Joe was appointed to the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs.
Joe began is higher educational pursuits at the Community College of Philadelphia, where he earned an associate’s degree that transferred to Arcadia University to earn his bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Joe also received his master’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
His work as lead teacher at Gotwals Elementary School in the Norristown Area School District and coordinator for the ACLAMO after-school program allows him to stay connected to the community.
Joe is the proud father of two children, Gabby and Harry.
You can help make a difference in the lives of our youth by joining our CTC Youth Prevention Board; lending your expertise; spreading the word about CTC to your friends and family; or donating your services to support youth-based organizations. For more information, contact Viviann Schorle, CTC community mobilizer, at 610-630-2111 ext. 257 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Services is proud to be the lead agency/fiscal agent for Norristown Area CTC for Youth. Family Services is a nonprofit social service agency that serves children, seniors and families throughout Montgomery County, Pa.
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