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Palmer Prevention helps Robeson County kids
By Lauren Allen
Palmer Prevention Inc., located on 208 Main St., lies in the heart of Pembroke.
Here to help
With only two drug prevention organizations in Pembroke, Palmer Prevention goes the extra mile in offering help to those who are suffering with addictions.
“Help is free for those who willingly come to our door,” said Tom Norton, director, Palmer Prevention.
However, those who are court mandated to go to Palmer Prevention are required to pay for their services.
Day Watch Program
According to Norton, between 100 and 200 kids are caught with drugs in the school system each year.
More than half of them end up at Palmer Prevention in a program called Day Watch.
Designed for kids who are on probation, suspension, or have been expelled from school, this program
focuses on making smart decision, problem solving, alternative activities, behavior modification and educational assistance.
Zayide Lesane, a UNCP graduate, currently works as the head of the Day Watch Program.
Calling himself a high risk interventionist, Lesane works one on one with the kids who come into his program.
“Most of my kids involved in the program are here because of behavioral problems,” Lesane explains.
He is currently working with 10 kids.
How it works Starting his day at 9 a.m., Lesane travels all over Robeson County, picking up kids involved in the program, and bringing them back to Palmer Prevention.
Once there, Lesane educates them on how to “keep their cool” when expressing anger.
He offers counseling on keeping control of your anger and other behavior oriented material, as well as substance abuse counseling. Lesane has been working at Palmer Prevention for three years.
Another activity that many members of Palmer Prevention Inc. enjoy is the new recording studio.
The participants are given classes on the music business, promotion, songwriting.
‘Spirits of the Lumbee’ Enormous amounts of talent have poured through Palmer Prevention and into the recording studio, ending with amazing results.
Prime example, ‘Spirits of the Lumbee,’ a CD that Palmer Prevention played a big part in producing.
Meet the makers Chris Locklear, the studio engineer, helped produce the CD along side Norton, who wrote two of the songs performed on the CD.
To learn more about ‘Spirits of the Lumbee’ call 910-522-0421.