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Congressman Ralph Abraham

Representing the 5th District of Louisiana

Abraham speaks to at-risk youth in Monroe

August 3, 2015
Press Release

MONROE – Congressman Ralph Abraham, M.D., R-Alto, spoke to at-risk youth about the importance of hard work, education and leadership at Jack Hayes Elementary School in Monroe on Monday, Aug. 3.

The students Dr. Abraham addressed are part of the Deputies Making a Change (DMAC), an enrichment program sponsored by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office to identify and help at-risk youth ages nine to 13. The program has been active for four years after being revived by Sheriff Jay Russell.

This year, 23 students from different school throughout the parish are participating in the program.

“I enjoyed the opportunity to speak to these students this morning about the importance of becoming good citizens for our community and for their futures. The DMAC is a terrific program, and I applaud Sheriff Russell and his hardworking deputies, who work hard every day to make a difference in the lives of these students,” Dr. Abraham said.

The DMAC is a yearlong program that begins in June. Deputies meet with the students in the mornings during the summer and in the afternoon during the school year. They work with the students to address discipline issues, provide mentors and improve their academic skills. Students also travel to educational sites across the state and hear from prominent speakers and positive role models, like Dr. Abraham.

“Dr. Abraham boldly spoke to the students about some challenges he had in school and the corrections he made to become a better student,” said Sgt. Eric McElroy of the Sheriff’s Office. “Dr. Abraham strongly encouraged the students to stay in school and maintain the goals that are set. The staff really appreciated the time he took from his day and the passionate testimony that was given to the children. Dr. Abraham is a true representation of what hard work and dedication can produce: Success!”

For more information on this program, contact the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.