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Volunteers needed for Neighborhood Accountability Boards

September 29, 2017
Special to THE CITIZEN ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Volunteers are needed for Neighborhood Accountability Boards and a training session is planned.

A Neighborhood Accountability Board is a voluntary diversion program for youth who committed a crime. Volunteers attend a NAB conference with the youth, youth's parent/guardian, victim and other NAB volunteers to develop a case plan for the youth. Volunteers represent the community in the process, addressing the harm caused to the community and determining how to repair the harm.

Volunteers are asked to complete an application, attend a free, one-day training session and observe two conferences. A background check is conducted on all potential volunteers. Volunteers are not required to commit to a set amount of hours; any amount of time given to the program is appreciated.

The next volunteer training will be Oct. 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lee County Human and Veteran Services Building, at 2440 Thompson St., Fort Myers. Lunch will be ordered from the Oasis Restaurant; cost varies from $7 to $12 or you can bring your own lunch.

For information or to reserve a spot, contact Nora Donato-Hitchcock at 239-533-7947 or

NABs are scheduled in the community where the crime took place and are located throughout Lee County. Conferences can last up to two hours and are held during the day or evening at a library, neighborhood community center, or United Way House. Volunteers are e-mailed a conference schedule weekly, and carpooling to a NAB is always available.

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In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Lee County will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities in its services, programs, or activities. To request an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a reasonable modification to participate, contact Joan LaGuardia at 239-533-2314 or Accommodation will be provided at no cost to the requestor. Requests should be made at least five business days in advance.

Source: Lee County



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