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The Join-a-Team, Not-a-Gang Program Enters a New Year

Sept. 24, 2002

On Tuesday, September 17th, the Miami Dade Police Department's Join-a-Team, Not-a-Gang Program started again. Five students from Mays and Carol City middle schools were on the first visit. They toured the athletic facilities, watched football practice, and talked with the players and coaches after practice. The visits take place once a week and continue through football season. This program is a cooperative effort, which includes Miami Dade County Public Schools, the University of Miami Athletic Department, and Florida Power & Light Company. As part of the program a "Most Improved Student Award" is given out. This award consists of a visit to a University of Miami football practice, a tour of athletic facilities, and a chance to meet the University of Miami football coaches and student-athletes. Students are selected by their school and selection is based on improvement in academics, behavior, and attendance. Two students are selected per school. The students are accompanied to the university by their DARE officer.