Justice Works - Growth Through Opportunity (GTO) Seeks Youth with I/DD

(732) 246-2525 x 31

Founded by Law Enforcement Officer Travis Akins, GTO, or Growth Through Opportunity is a 16-week program for youth with I/DD who are interested in being cadets at police departments.  Eatontown, Holmdel, Red Bank, Marlboro, and the Monmouth County prosecutor's office are looking for candidates to begin the program in October. 

GTO CADETS™ are diagnosed with various intellectual and developmental disabilities and learn valuable job, life, and social skills alongside first responders. The program enhances mutually beneficial safety, confidence, physical fitness, employability, and quality of life.

The GTO CADETS program is managed by dARN, Inc. (disABILITIES Resource Network) a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established in Roanoke Valley, Virginia.  GTO CADETS, managed by job coaches, volunteer at various public safety facilities. They develop extremely valuable life skills, social skills, and job skills so they can become employable in the workforce. Our mission is to enhance QUALITY OF LIFE and to provide first hand disABILITIES exposure to first responders - which will enhance professional training and decrease negative encounters in the community. Our associates are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, agenesis of the corpus callosum (ACC), and other related neurodevelopmental disorders.