The Queen City Mentoring Academy is a three-week “Day Camp” (Monday through Friday) that is offered to young men and women of Plainfield who will enter the 6th, 7th and 8th grade in September 2019. The Academy is free of charge. The motto of the Queen City Mentoring Academy is “Honor – Respect – Commitment.” Our objective is to educate the cadets about public service including county government, the judiciary, emergency services, and law enforcement. We place a strong emphasis on self-respect, respect for others, teamwork, and commitment to one’s goals. This will be accomplished through structured events, which will be offered in a fun, informative, interactive, educational, and hands-on manner. The format is similar to what actual police academy cadet’s experience.
On May 1st, 2020, the City of Plainfield canceled a host of summer events/programs due to COVID-19. This includes “City-sponsored summer camps are canceled, as are city-sponsored sporting programs.’’ However, on May 30, 2020, Governor Phil Murphy stated “Additionally, youth day camps can open on or after July 6, and must comply with COVID-19-specific health and safety standards.” Governor Murphy also stated by June 22, 2020, the number of people who can gather collectively will be raised to 250 people. By July 3, the number will be raised to 500 people.
We are asking for the summer youth programs to be reinstated in the city of Plainfield. The parents who have committed and trust us with their children to summer youth programs, such as the Queen City Mentoring Academy, have seen their child(ren) positively impacted, mentored, and given a chance to be leaders. The Queen City Mentoring Academy has graduated six classes thus far, a total of over 400 youth within Plainfield.
Please do not take my word for it, take the word of many people within the city of Plainfield who understand the importance and necessity of this program. Within a day of creating the petition, over 100+ people have responded with comments and signed it. These comments include "This academy is absolutely essential for the youth in our community." Our youth are craving guidance, answers, and stability, during these difficult times (COVID 19 the tragic incident with GEORGE FLOYD.) It is imperative that the Plainfield Police/QCMA continues to strive to build relationships and bridge the gap with the youth and their families. In our communities idle time and the absence of a normal school year, the QCMA allows the cadets structure, discipline, education, and summer fun. If we've been given the green light by the Governor and the necessary precautions are taken QCMA needs to be reinstated and considered.