Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden was honored by the Latino American Association of Monmouth County for supporting issues and mentoring youth in the community. On Friday, October 18, Sheriff Golden was presented with an award for being an Outstanding Member of the Community during a ceremony at Branches in West Long Branch.
“It is an honor to have been chosen as one of the Outstanding Members of the Community,” said Sheriff Golden. “The Latino community has a strong presence and leadership throughout Monmouth County and my agency’s efforts to support and mentor Latino youth will help ensure opportunity for them in the future.”
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office conducts bilingual programs throughout Monmouth County such as the Dangers of Strangers, Bicycle Safety, Youth ID and Ident Adult, all aimed at promoting public safety.
The Latino American Association of Monmouth County is a non-profit organization which focuses on mentoring youth, increasing educational goals as well as assisting people in educational training programs, which may increase employment opportunities and improve quality of life.
The association receives encouragement and participation from law enforcement, outreach programs, colleges and food banks.
“Acknowledging outstanding members of the community is our way of giving back to those who assisted us in building toward the future,” said Violeta Peters, President of the Latino American Association of Monmouth County. “These fine members have supported issues important to the Latino community and serve as role models to our youth.”
Also honored at the event were Karen Escobedo, Community Outreach NJNG, Lucille Perez, Long Branch Board of Education, Maria Cecilia Rodriguez, Brookdale Community College and Diana Tennant, Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.
This year, the association distributed $14,500 in scholarships through fund raising efforts for Latino youth.