Judge Moves From Court to High School to Keep Teens on the Right Track

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Men on Mission founder Dr. Eric Becoats stands with volunteer Judge W. Keith Williams II.
Image via W. Keith Williams II.
Men on Mission founder Dr. Eric Becoats stands with volunteer Judge W. Keith Williams II.

District Justice W. Keith Williams II, whose court covers Yeadon, Lansdowne and East Lansdowne, is tired of seeing young people in his courtroom, writes Antionette Lee for KYW Newsradio.

That’s why this 1983 Penn Wood High School graduate has stepped up as a volunteer with Men on Mission.

“The program is just an opportunity for men who are from the community, people who graduated from Penn Wood High School, to show up during the school day, preferably in the morning, to greet kids to let them know that we are interested in their well-being, offer some advice, encouragement,” Williams explained.

The Men on Mission program has grown since it was started last year by Dr. Eric Becoats, superintendent of the William Penn School District, as a response to fights breaking out at the school.

The organization encourages volunteers, especially Penn Wood alumni to get involved.

“It’s been my experience that unfortunately, sometimes kids just don’t have proper direction. They don’t understand the importance of setting goals and having a plan to achieve these goals,” Williams said.  “If we can just inspire some kids, support them, encourage them — that would be awesome.”

Read more at KYW about this positive program at Penn Wood High School.  

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