AmeriCorps cadets get recognition

ALBANY, Ga. -- As part of a national "AmeriCorps Recruitment Initiative" the Albany Police Department's cadets won third prize for their video contribution.

The AmeriCorps Getting Things Done Video Contest was judged on overall impact, creativity and delivery of a message aligned with making a difference in the community.

"To take third place overall in a national contest is quite an accomplishment," said Phyllis Banks, police spokeswoman. "They worked very hard on the song and the video and the quality shines through."

The cadets titled the 60-second video and song "Albany Police AmeriCorps -- Getting Things Done for Albany, Ga."

The cadets strive to make the community a safer place to live while increasing civic responsibility at the neighborhood level by youth and senior citizen outreach, crime prevention strategies and programs to increase physical health, mentoring youth and encouraging gang avoidance among other programs. That work inspired the lyrics.

"Stop the violence, stop the hate, be a mentor to the youth, show your love and educate."

The cadet written, directed and performed video showcases a path away from gangs and drugs to a much better life -- through community activity with AmeriCorps.

The video can be viewed on YouTube or at the website americorpscontest.org/PublicContent/Video/Contestants.aspx.

At press time, the video has garnered 4,382 views and 22 anonymous comments on the website such as, "This is great that people are coming together in the community to help one another and get the things accomplished that need to be done. Great video!!!"

The Albany police program has 10 cadets, according to the city website: albany.ga.us. By winning the recognition cadets will receive $250 donated to a charity, $250 in cash and a $50 Starbucks gift card.