Luzerne County Disproportionate Minority Contact Youth and Law Enforcement Forum

The Hazleton One Community Center hosted the first Luzerne County Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Youth and Law Enforcement Forum on Tuesday, March 7th. Young adults from a number of area high schools met with law enforcement officers from state, city and school police forces and began the process of opening a dialogue. At the end of the session both groups offered great feedback and spoke about developing a better understanding of the tensions and stresses  each group experiences. We are already in the planning stages for additional events that can keep the dialogue going and foster even greater communication and trust between the groups.

The following pictures portray a series of role playing exercises where the young adults are tasked with acting like law enforcement while law enforcement was asked to react like young adults in a variety of scenarios.DMC Collage

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss: After School Scholars Program

On Thursday, March 2, the Keystone Job Corp. came to our center and read to some of our students from the After school Scholars Program! The beautiful stories from the Dr. Seuss books came to life with the Keystone Job Corp staffs storytelling. Thank You! Keystone Job Corp. for the time, backpacks, stickers, and hats that you all gave to our students here at the Hazleton One Community Center!

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Joe and Jaye Maddon @ HIP

Pic CTC with Joe


Joe and Jaye Maddon with our Communities that Care Youth Outreach group at the Hazleton One Community  Center


Joe and Jade with the kindergarden 


Joe and Jaye in Kindergarten. Joe looks pleased with his grade!









Joe and jade with ASP kids




Joe and Jaye with our HIP After School Scholars waiting for the food to arrive







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Several years ago we introduced the Hazleton Integration Project (#HIP) as a catalyst for positive change in our area. We believed that whatever differences exist between the people who now call Hazleton home are far outweighed by the common sense of humanity that binds us together.


Thank You for all your Support!

We had a very successful Holiday Line-Up.  


CTC: Together We Can


 Our Youth Outreach members: Communities that Care (CTC) created and painted a mural with the guidance of artists Jason Braun.


HIP's Playground Grand Opening!

On Thursday June 15 the Hazleton One Community Center had its Grand opening for the Playground that will serve as a recreational facility for all the children involved in our center. The playground was donated by Hazleton Creek Properties LLC, who also donated a complete MAC Computer lab to our center. Our very own Joe Maddon and Frank DeAndrea received and inagurated the playground. Thank you, Mr. William Rinaldi for your support to our cause and center!