Celebrating 3 Decades
of Empowering People
to Keep it Safe
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Fifth Avenue & 61st Street
New York City
Anniversary of The Guardian Angels
Welcome to our 30th Anniversary Gala.
It was February 13, 1979 when the first
Guardian Angels safety patrol – a group of
13 – was formed. Today, we are represented
in 14 countries and 140 cities. And the
demand has never been greater for our safety
patrols, our school programs to help kids
turn away from bullying and gangs, and our
Internet safety program. We have record
numbers of young people participating
in our youth programs, and additional
demands for programs for single
parents and senior citizens.
We are extremely fortunate to have you as the wind beneath
our wings. Your loyal, generous support has allowed us to make
an impact in the past, and still today, despite a harsh financial
environment. Private donations are helping us to sustain operations
at youth centers and housing projects, keep chapters going in
troubled cities, and deliver school programs. With your support,
we can continue “keeping it safe” in this city and beyond. We look
forward to a wonderful evening reflecting on our accomplishments,
our growth, and our plans for a safer tomorrow.
Thank you all for being our Angels!
Curtis and Mary commemorating The
Guardian Angels 30th Anniversary
at event hosted by Fordham University
Curtis Sliwa Mary Sliwa
CEO and Founder Chief Operating Officer
30 Years Proactively Empowering
People to Live Safer Lives
1979 1994-5 1999
Magnificent 13 Guardian Angels Angel Watch
Our first street patrols Days in NYC New park program
Proclamation created at NYC Mayor
of Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s request
1981 1995 1999
Los Angeles Angels Online “Teaching the Teachers”
The Guardian Angels Creation of the Initiative at St. Johns
are officially CyberAngels Internet University with Dean
“coast-to-coast” safety education Jerrold Ross
1983 1996 2001
President’s Volunteer Asia Japan
Action Award First chapter First Non-Profit Entity
Awarded by President opens Proclamation
Ronald Reagan in Japan
1987 1997 2001
Caribbean Urban Angels Guardian Angels Day
Chapter established in New life skills Proclamation of
Puerto Rico program created Mayor Rudy Giuliani
to help teens
1989 1998 2002
Europe President’s Service Volunteer Service
Chapter opens Award Bill Clinton Award
in London recognizes CyberAngels Curtis Sliwa receives the
volunteer services, online Point of Light Award
1992 1998 2002
Australia “Rocky” South America
First chapter Guardian Angels Guardian Angels
established in mascot joins the team open chapter in
“The Land Rio, Brazil
1993 1999 2002
First Education Jr Angels Educational Initiatives
Programs New program The Guardian Angels
In New York City created to serve Academy is created
housing projects at-risk children to serve schools
Through neighborhood safety patrols, school programs to prevent bullying and raise gang awareness, and the
Presidential Award-winning CyberAngels program, The Guardian Angels has for 30 years helped communities
around the world by empowering people to lead safe lives.
2003 2005 2007
Police Sciences Curtis meets Virtual Training
The Guardian Angels with Chertoff In conjunction with
Academy of Security Homeland MOESC: anti-bullying
and Police Sciences is Security Secretary and Internet safety
certified programs go online
2003 2005 2007
DC Sniper Crisis Secret Service The Guardian Angels
Guardian Angels Recruited for Invited by the Bahrain
assist citizens by Inaugural Ball Chapter of the Young
pumping gas for President Presidents’ Organization
George W. Bush
2004 2006 2007
Presidential Praise Strike Force on The Guardian Angels
Angel efforts during Cyber Safety Awarded NYC
Florida hurricanes Gov. George Pataki DOE Contract
recognized President Enlists CyberAngels to To provide educational
George W. Bush promote online safety programs on safety-
2004 2006 2008
Japanese United Nations The Guardian Angels
Welcome Angels Curtis invited to Education Team
Japan’s Prime Minister U.N. to present on Brings a new era of
Koizumi welcomes grassroots safety school-based safety
the Angels programs to NYC
2004-06 2006 2009
President’s Service Peru The Guardian Angels
Awards Welcome Angels Commemorate
Hollywood, FL chapter First trip to 30 Year
is three-time recipient Peru brings hope Anniversary
of this honor to nation
Homeland Security Anti-Gang Initiative
Angels recruited by Community-oriented
General Albert Zapanta gang prevention
to develop violence forums created
Africa CyberAngels /
First chapter on Time Warner Cable
the continent opens Partnership to create
in Capetown cyber safety guide
The Guardian Angels
Meet Our Distinguished Honorees
The Guardian Angels is pleased to recognize our Distinguished Honorees for 2009, who are standing
up for the safety of families and children in our communities. Their personal support and generous
contributions help our organization to continue and expand our work to keep our streets, subways, schools,
neighborhoods, and the Internet safe, through education and the empowerment of individuals.
They are truly role models for us all!
The Archangel Pinnacle of Achievement Award
Best Selling Author, Lecturer and Life Insurance Industry Leader
The Guardian Angels Ethical Angel Award
Host, CNBC’s “The Kudlow Report”
The Guardian Angels Role Model for Real Life Award
Wide Receiver, New York Jets 1995-2005
Partner, The Moldaver Group at Morgan Stanley
The Guardian Angels Outstanding New Yorker Award
President & CEO, Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate
“The Dare to Care Award” to our Role Model and Leader
Best Selling Author
Lecturer and Life Insurance
A native New Yorker who began his career as a radio and
TV personality, Barry Kaye joined New England Life as
an insurance agent in 1962, and proceeded to break all
the life insurance industry sales records in his first year.
He established Barry Kaye Associates, a national firm
headquartered in Los Angeles, in 1968. His innovative
uses of life insurance earned him a reputation for
creativity in the insurance field, and his outstanding
integrity and financial acumen resulted in astonishing
success in his field. He was the catalyst for last-to-die life
insurance in 1963 and in 2002 originated the concept of
life expectancy insurance policies.
Kaye is the recipient of the Man of Hope award from the City of Hope for Founders of Diabetic Research (1976),
the Menachim Begin Award for Israel Bonds (1977) and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Ben Gurion
University of the Negev (1987). Barry Kaye was also granted an honorary doctoral degree from FAU as well as
a professorship, and a senior faculty position that will provide academic leadership in the field of insurance and
He recently made a generous donation to enhance The Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium on
the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) campus. The Carole and Barry Kaye Foundation made donations to FAU,
with a matching grant from the state of Florida for the naming of the “Barry Kaye College of Business” and for
the establishment of the “Barry Kaye School of Finance, Insurance, and Economics in the College of Business”, as
well as the “Barry Kaye Institute of Insurance in Philanthropy.” The school will bring together the major academic
and professional components of the financial services industry. Barry Kaye was also granted an honorary doctoral
degree from FAU as well as a professorship, and a senior faculty position that will provide academic leadership in
the field of insurance and financial planning.
Barry Kaye received the coveted Financial Advisor of the Year award from Financial Services Advisor Magazine
in 1999. He was the 4th winner of this award and the three previous winners were Sir Harry Templeton, Peter
Lynch and Warren Buffett. In 2002 Barry Kaye was Man-of-the-Year for the Anti Defamation League, Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach County and Chamber of the Love and Hope Ball for the Diabetes Research Institute at the
University of Miami that recently received a $1 million donation from the Carole and Barry Kaye Foundation.
“The Kudlow Report”
Lawrence Kudlow is host of CNBC’s primetime “The
Kudlow Report” (7 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST) and co-host of
CNBC’s “The Call” (11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST)
He is also the host of “The Larry Kudlow Show” on
WABC Radio on Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Mr. Kudlow is a nationally syndicated columnist. He is a
contributing editor of National Review magazine, as well
as a columnist and economics editor for National Review
Online. He is the author of “American Abundance: The
New Economic and Moral Prosperity,” published by
Forbes in January 1998.
He is a Distinguished Scholar of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia.
Mr. Kudlow is CEO of Kudlow & Co., LLC, an economic and investment research firm.
For many years Mr. Kudlow served as chief economist for a number of Wall Street firms. He was a member of the
Bush-Cheney Transition Advisory Committee. During President Reagan’s first term, Mr. Kudlow was the associate
director for economics and planning, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where
he was engaged in the development of the administration’s economic and budget policy.
He is a trusted advisor to many of our nation’s top decision-makers in Washington and has testified as an expert
witness on economic matters before several congressional committees. He has also presented testimony at several
Republican Governors Conferences.
Mr. Kudlow began his career as a staff economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, working in the areas
of domestic open market operations and bank supervision.
Mr. Kudlow was educated at the University of Rochester and Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs. He is an avid tennis player and golfer. He and his wife Judy live in New York
City and Redding, Connecticut.
New York Jets 1995–2005,
Partner, The Moldaver Group
at Morgan Stanley
NFL icon and NY Jets great Wayne Chrebet was born to
parents Paulette and Wayne Sr., a Vietnam War Purple
Heart recipient, in Garfield, New Jersey.
His football career began at Garfield High School. Mr.
Chrebet then went on to play at Hofstra University
where he was a four-year letter winner who twice led
the Flying Dutchmen, in receiving. In addition he set the
single season and career touchdown marks with 16 and
31, respectively. Also in 1994, Chrebet became Hofstra’s
first 1,000-yard receiver. Along the way he set a Hofstra
school record with 245 receiving yards in a game against Delaware, and tying Jerry Rice for the NCAA I-AA
mark with five touchdowns.
Though not drafted by any NFL team in 1995, Chrebet earned a walk on spot with the Jets. An unlikely wide
receiver at 5’10”, Chrebet worked his way up the Jets depth chart to become a clutch player. He earned the nickname
Mr. Third Down and went on to set the NFL record for most receptions by a wide receiver in his first two seasons.
Chrebet’s career history was named one of the greatest rags to riches stories in the history of professional sports
by Sports Illustrated in 2000. There are very few players that captured more hearts through their relentless work
ethic and conduct on and off the field than Wayne Chrebet. As a testament to that, his #80 jersey is ranked as the
most popular in New York Jets history and the best selling jersey of 1995.
On the field and off, Chrebet is admired for his courage, hard work, and integrity. Chrebet has received numerous
awards including New York Newsday’s “Jet of the Year,” the Dennis Byrd Award for “Most Inspirational Player,”
the New York Jets “Unsung Hero Award,” the Thurman Munson Award for outstanding efforts on and off the
field and in serving the community, and the “Ed Block Courage Award.” Chrebet also gives his time to the
Colleen Giblin Foundation, The United Way, The Boomer Esiason Foundation, The Starlight Foundation, and
the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mr. Chrebet and his wife, Amy, are the proud parents of two sons, Lukas Kane and Cade Jagger. They reside in
Colts Neck, New Jersey.
President & CEO,
Prudential Douglas Elliman
Dorothy Herman (“Dottie”) is the quintessential New
York success story. In only two decades, she climbed to
the pinnacle of the housing industry – CEO of Prudential
Douglas Elliman, the #4 ranked real estate company in
the United States and the #1 ranked company in the
entire Prudential Network.
Today, under her leadership, Prudential Douglas Elliman
has become a $12 billion business with over 3,500 real
estate professionals and 675 employees working in more
than 60 offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long
Island, the Hamptons and the North Fork.
Dottie created a company that serves the customer’s
every real estate need. In addition to leading New York’s largest residential real estate brokerage and rentals,
she also controls a portfolio of real estate services, including commercial and retail leasing and sales, relocation
and settling in services, new development consulting and also Manhattan’s largest residential property manager,
Douglas Elliman Property Management, as well as PDE Title, and Preferred Empire Mortgage Company.
Dottie began her career on Long Island, and purchased Prudential Long Island Realty in 1989. After turning the
company into the powerhouse brokerage operating on Long Island and in the Hamptons, she purchased Douglas
Elliman, Manhattan’s largest and most prestigious brokerage firm, with her partner Howard Lorber in 2003.
Since then, Prudential Douglas Elliman has become the largest and fastest-growing real estate firm in New York,
completing over 13,200 transactions a year from Manhattan to Montauk.
In recognition of her leadership in the industry, Dottie has been named one of the 100 Most Influential Women
in New York for 2007 by Crain’s New York Business. She was honored by Adelphi University as the 2007
Outstanding Executive on Long Island and was invited to participate in the Festival of Thinkers held in Dubai
and Abu Dhabi in 2007. Dottie took a leadership role in this year’s Cutting Through the Red Tape: Building Long
Island Today and is a long time supporter of the American Heart Association, the Tilles Center for the Performing
Arts, the Southampton Hospital, and the North Shore-LIJ Health System and she is presently involved with its
Katz Women’s Hospital and Women’s Health Institute.
Dottie is also an honored contributor to The Sunrise Fund at Stony Brook University Medical Center, a program
established to raise awareness and funds for pediatric oncology programs. In the summer of 2008, Dottie was
honored at the 12th Annual Heart of the Hamptons Gala, receiving the Distinguished Community Leadership
Award for her continual support and contributions.
Founder and President,
The Alliance of Guardian Angels
Curtis Sliwa is CEO and Founder of The Guardian
Angels, a global organization that brings unarmed,
volunteer community safety patrols and youth
programs to 140 cites in 14 nations. The life of Curtis
as a grass roots leader is one of dedication, unwavering
commitment, and selflessness, and the red beret
an icon for safety. He has built his organization by
“empowering the powerless”, engaging individuals
to help themselves without standing by, waiting for
help or backing from government and other resources.
Says Curtis,“You have to get involved in the process.
Don’t sit on the sidelines.”
Curtis brings his high energy, wit, and candor to tens
of thousands of listeners in 20 cities as nationally
syndicated host of WABC News/Talk Radio’s “The
Curtis Sliwa Show.” He hosts an entertaining subway
and walking “Underbelly Tour” in NYC, sharing
personal experience, anecdotes, and a past and recent
history of areas in the South Bronx.
Curtis is a popular speaker for corporate teams, media professionals, senior executives, non-profit associations and
educators He is a member of the Board of Directors for The Children’s Miracle Network, and a guest lecturer at
colleges and universities, and an adjunct professor at St. John’s University.
The Guardian Angels’ programs and initiatives have been recognized by Presidents and Prime Ministers,
Governors, Senators and Mayors, leading businessmen, veterans groups and other associations. In 1995,
visualizing the Internet as a new target for crime, Curtis started CyberAngels, an Internet safety education
program. CyberAngels received the prestigious Points of Light Presidential Service Award in 1998.
Born and raised in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, Curtis started his work in public service at an early age. In
1968, at the age of 14, he was a step ahead of the term “recycling;” he was already collecting and separating paper,
bottles, and cans for industrial reuse. He was President of his class while attending Brooklyn Prep. In the early
70s, as night manager of the McDonald’s at Webster and Fordham Road in the Bronx, he instituted a community
clean-up program. Local volunteers, dubbed the “Rock Brigade,” painted over graffiti, cleaned up vacant lots,
boarded up vacant buildings and planted trees and gardens.
Later that decade, determined to take back the community, reduced by drugs, crime, gangs, and arson, Curtis
expanded his neighborhood program to patrol the Number 4 train, then known as the “Mugger’s Express.” Curtis
recruited a multi-cultural, multi-racial team of volunteers (“the Magnificent 13”) who rode one of NYC’s worst
subway lines between the toughest stops in the city, making citizen’s arrest, if needed, to detain gang members and
criminals for police. Initially they encountered resistance and skepticism from both transit and local police. Soon
however, doubt was replaced with trust as Guardian Angels volunteers became role models. Out of these modest
beginnings, The Guardian Angels was born in 1979.
Curtis married wife Mary in 2003. They have one son, Anthony Chester, born in 2003.
“Ideas CAN become realities as long as you roll up your sleeves, you do the hard work, and you’re true to your
commitment and your cause.” Curtis Sliwa
Archangel Lifetime Leadership Archangel Outstanding New Yorker
Award Recipient Award Recipient
Henry Buhl Margo Catsimatidis
Founder, A.C.E. Programs for the Homeless President. MCV Advertising
Cyber Angel of the Year Champion for Safety Champion for Safety
Internet Safety Award Through Education Award Through Education Award
Jim Anderson Howard Szarfarc Joe Di Geso
Founder, President, Vice President & General Manager,
About.com Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey
Chief Technologist & CEO - Standard ID
Archangel Lifetime Leadership Archangel Outstanding New Yorker
Award Recipient Award Recipient
Simon Bergson John Catsimatidis
President & CEO, Chairman & CEO,
Manhattan Beer Distributors Red Apple Group / Gristedes
Champion for Safety Cyber Angel of the Year Spirit of New York
through Education Internet Safety Award Recipient
Award Recipient Award Recipient Warner Wolf
I. Dolly Lenz Ed Moldaver Sportscaster,
Vice Chairman, Senior Managing Director, WABC-770 AM
Douglas Elliman Bear Stearns
Archangel Lifetime Leadership Award Recipient
Senior Vice President,
Chief Marketing Officer
Dare to Care Award Recipient
National TV and Radio Personality,
Co-host of Hannity & Colmes,
Fox News Channel
Sean Hannity Show
Outstanding Family Role Models Award Recipients
Donna A. Soloway Richard L Soloway
Board Member & Security Publicist, Chairman & CEO,
NAPCO Security Systems, Inc NAPCO Security Systems, Inc.
Champions for Safety Through Education
Kristen C. Thompson Richard Thompson
Jewelry Designer, Entrepreneur
K.C. Thompson, New York
Guardian Angels Guardian Angels
Archangel Lifetime Dare to Care Award
David B. Cornstein Chief Executive Officer,
Chairman New York State Olympic Games, United Homes
Commission; NYC-OTB; US Vision Corporation;
Pinnacle Advisors, Ltd. and Chairman Emeritus,
Finlay Enterprises, Inc.
Guardian Angels Guardian Angels
Outstanding Leadership Award Spirit of New York Award
Matthew Adell Joel I. Klein
President Adellco, LLC Chancellor, New York City
Lifetime Achievement Award
President and CEO, New Valley Corp,
and Principle Owner of
Douglas Elliman Real Estate Guardian Angels
Spirit of New York Award
Sid Paterson Advertising
Role Model of the Year Award
Chad W. Johnson
Margo and John Catsimatidis
Chairman, Red Apple Group
New York Housing Authority
Dr. Jonathan & Alexandra Zizmor
The Zizmor Foundation
Guardian Angels Guardian Angels
Lifetime Achievement Award Role Model of the Year
Governor George E. Pataki Rachelle Friedman
State of New York Co-CEO, J&R Music
and Computer World
Guardian Angels Guardian Angels
Spirit of New York Award Role Model Leadership Award
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik The Men & Women of
President, the U.S. Armed Forces
New York Board of Rabbis (Accepted by Colonel Stephen Seiter,
Commander of the 53rd Troop Command,
New York Army National Guard)
Guardian Angel of the Year Award Guardian Angels
Lifetime Achievement Award
Hon. Michael Bloomberg
Mayor of New York City
Co-Publisher and CEO,
The New York Daily News
Guardian Angels Guardian Angel
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Year Award
Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani Carl C. Icahn
Mayor of New York City Financier
Guest of Honor
Guest of Honor James E. Winner, Jr.
Founder of Winner International
John DiDomenico and Chairman of the Board
Sole shareholder of Neptune Marketing Winner Holdings Company
Technologies, Inc. and Jupiter Payphones, Inc.
Guest of Honor Guest of Honor
Sean Hannity Leon Temiz
Radio & TV talk host Chief Executive Officer,
Guest of Honor
Vice President of Operations,
YMCA of greater New York
Guest of Honor
Hon. Rudolph W. Giuliani
Mayor of New York City
Guest of Honor
Judge Judy Sheindlin
Family court judge and
Guest of Honor
WCBS-FM radio disc jockey,
known to generations of New York
metropolitan area listeners
as “Cousin Brucie.”
Guest of Honor
Luis A. Miranda, Jr.
President of Miranda Y Mas, Inc.
Internet Humanitarian of the Year
C.E.O. and President of Net Nanny
Paul V. Carlucci
Publisher, The New York Post
and Chairman & CEO,
News American Marketing
When we look back on 30 years, we especially want to
recognize and thank Paul V. Carlucci, for his extraordinary
contributions to the Guardian Angels throughout the
years. Paul has been an anchor, a supporter, a mentor, and
a friend. He is an outstanding role model who stands up
for the safety of children and families; under his wing, we
have learned, grown, and flourished.
Thank you, Paul, for being an Angel!
Paul V. Carlucci is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of
News America Marketing, the leading single-source provider of
consumer advertising and promotional services. The company’s product portfolio, marketed under the SmartSource
brand name, consists of the first branded free-standing insert, known as SmartSource Magazine®, various in-store
advertising and promotional products, merchandising services, database marketing tools, and online promotions.
In September 2005, Paul gained the additional responsibility of Publisher of the New York Post, the seventh largest
paper in the United States.
Paul has been a member of the Executive Committee of News Corporation since October 1996.
From August 1995 to September 1997, he held the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of News
America Publishing, Inc. (parent company of TV Guide, the Weekly Standard, and News America New Media).
He joined News Corporation in June 1991 as Executive Vice President and was appointed to President of News
America FSI in July 1992.
Before joining News America Marketing, Paul was Senior Vice President, Director of Marketing at Caldor, Inc., a
175-store general merchandise chain.
Prior to his service at Caldor, Paul worked for the New York division of R. H. Macy’s, Inc., where he started
as Advertising Manager in 1979. He was promoted several times over his nine-year tenure and was eventually
appointed Senior Vice President, Director of Sales Promotion of Macy’s New Jersey.
He began his career at the New York Daily News where he worked for nine years, holding several sales positions,
before his promotion to Retail City Account Sales Manager.
Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors for News America Holdings, Inc. He served at the Chairman of the
Board of Trustees of The Guardian Angels from 2000 to 2007. Paul continues to serve on The Guardian Angels
Board of Trustees. In addition, he is on the Board of Governors for the Children’s Miracle Network, serves on the
Advisory Council of the National Easter Seals Society, and on the Boards of both Herald Media, Inc., and Winner
International. He resides in New York City, and has a B.S. degree in marketing from Fordham University.
The Guardian Angels Board of Trustees
Chairman, Board of Trustees
Robert J. Frey
President, Frey Family Foundation, Inc.
Joseph P. Acquavella Henry Buhl Paul Clolery
Managing Partner, Founder, Vice President & Editorial Director
ACSB A.C.E. Programs for the Homeless NPT Publishing Group
Matthew Adell Paul V. Carlucci John DiDomenico
President, Publisher, The New York Post President,
Adellco, LLC and Chairman & CEO, US Starcom
News America Marketing
Howard J. Adler John A. Catsimatidis Les Goodstein
Senior Vice President, Chairman & CEO, Senior Vice President,
Advertising Sales, New York Red Apple Group / Gristedes News Corporation
Jim Anderson Margo Catsimatidis Keith Kantrowitz
Founder, About.com President, President,
Cheif Technologist & CEO, Standard ID MCV Advertising Power Express Mortgage Bankers
The Guardian Angels Board of Trustees
On this occasion, our 30th anniversary, we salute our Board of Trustees and Friends.
You are our Angels, who we can count on for support, encouragement, and guidance.
Our accomplishments are only possible through your participation and generosity.
Mario M. Kranjac, Esq. Curtis Sliwa Jeffrey Tolkin
Partner CEO & Founder Co-Chairman & Co-CEO,
Kranjac, Manuali & Viskovic, LLP The Guardian Angels World Travel Holdings
WABC Syndicated Radio Host
Ed Moldaver Mary Sliwa Laura Tufano
The Moldaver Group Chief Operating Officer, Free-lance Writer/Producer/Publisher
Global Wealth Management The Guardian Angels
Ian Moore Donna Soloway Peter Weedfald
Executive Vice President, Human Board Member & Security Publicist, President, North America
Resources, News Corporation NAPCO Security Systems, Inc. GE General Displays and Technologies
Rabbi Joseph Potasnik Leon Temiz James E. Winner
President, Chief Executive Officer, Chairman
New York Board of Rabbis Electronics Expo Winner Security Services, LLC
Guardian Angel Team
The wonderful people on the following
pages are the dedicated members of our
Angels team. This is a glimpse into our
organization featuring key members.
Anthony de Araujo & Katya Gifford: CyberAngels
Anthony and Katya have been the Program Managers of our CyberAngels
program since 2002. As leading authorities on the topics of Internet
safety, security and support, they play a vital role in ensuring that the
message of The Guardian Angels resonates in online formats.
John Ayala: Director of Mid-Atlantic States
“Unique” joined the Angels as a young teenager, and relocated to
Washington D.C. at the age of 19 to bring a chapter to our nation’s
capitol. His work there has earned the respect of the local police, who
have supplied them with police radios in order to take advantage of the
assistance Angels provide in the city.
Aaron Brilbeck: Midwest Director
Aaron Brilbeck began with The Guardian Angels in Syracuse, NY in
1984, when he was just 16 years old. After a brief hiatus to attend college
and work on a career as a TV news reporter, Aaron re-joined the Angels
as second-in-command of the Albany, NY Chapter. He then moved to
Toledo, OH where he serves with his wife, Lisa, and has since started and
trained chapters in Detroit, Akron and Cleveland.
Joseph Crooms: Professional Education Programs Director
Joseph is a Professional Education Programs Director for The Guardian
Angels, working with alternative youth and adult education programs.
Joseph is a great role model and leader for our schools and community
endeavors. This June, Joseph already a Pastor and ordained minister in
Brooklyn, will be consecrated to the office of Bishop.
William Cruz & Wilka Claro: East Coast Coordinators
William Cruz and Wilka Claro are two hard working individuals who
have spread their wings over the East Coast since 1984. Their efforts
have earned them The Presidential Volunteer Service Award from
President George W. Bush four years in a row.
Marcus Dent: Baltimore Chapter Leader
Recently named Outstanding Citizen of the Month by the city of Baltimore,
Marcus exemplifies The Guardian Angels spirit of community service.
He is described as teacher, friend and role model by everyone he comes
into contact with. Under his leadership, the Baltimore chapter has
successfully created partnerships with law enforcement, public schools,
community groups, and businesses.
Cristina Fernandez: Oakland Chapter Leader
Cristina Fernandez, known as Ajax, is a 40 year old mother and Army
wife from California. A licensed pharmacy technician, Ajax joined The
Guardian Angels as a way to contribute to her community while so many
Americans are currently serving overseas. Her mission, as she states it,
is to “walk the streets to protect the innocent, and to allow children to
play without fear.”
Miguel Fuentes: Midwest Director
Miguel “3rd Rail” Fuentes is a 20 year veteran who was recruited
by Curtis in 1988. As the Midwest Coordinator, he has established
chapters in Peoria (IL), Davenport (IO), Madison (WI), Milwaukee
(WI), and has also provided assistance to many other chapters.
Miguel considers himself the past, present, and future of The
Benjamin Garcia: NYC Patrol Leader
A force to be reckoned with, Benjamin divides his time between the
NYPD Axillaries and his position as Director of NYC Patrols.
Ricardo Garcia: Hawaii and the Philippines Chapter Leader
An Angel since 1982, Ricardo left the Angels after only two years to
join the United States Marines. After serving his country for 17 years,
Ricardo returned to his early ambitions to serve the community from
within by bringing The Guardian Angels to Hawaii. The Presidential
Service Awards later, Ricardo continues to expand the program in
Hawaii, with chapters in Honolulu, Maui, and Kauai, as well as assisting
in the introduction of chapters in the Philippines.
Hashim Garrett , CEO of Wisdom and Understanding, LLC
founded in 2001, Motivational Speaker and Consultant
While living in Brooklyn, NY at the age of 15 Hashim was shot
6 times and sustained a spinal cord injury as a result. Since this
terrible tragedy Hashim has dedicated his life to inform young
people about the causes of violence and the importance of making
wise decisions through difficult adolescent years.
Ian Hodgkinson: Director of Guardian Angels Mexico
Ian Hodgkinson is leader of the Mexican Guardian Angels in Mexico
City and Guadalajara. Hodgkinson, better known as a famous luchadoro,
professional wrestler, El Vampiro in Mexico, helped to start a chapter
to reclaim the city’s crime-ridden streets. He is also coordinating new
chapter efforts in Central & south America.
Scott Koppenhofer: Pennsylvania Regional Director
Scott Koppenhohfer joined The Guardian Angels in July of 1989 in
San Diego, Ca. while on active duty in the U.S. Navy. When Scott
was not deployed or on duty he spent his time patrolling with the
Guardian Angels. Scott is a proud American and very passionate about
the Guardian Angels – he knows what a difference it can make in all
communities. He speaks to numerous groups and organizations about
the Guardian Angels and about crime prevention and awareness.
Eric Krauss joined The Guardian Angels as a project manager in October
2008. He brings to the organization experience in public relations, event
planning, business and importing and importing, Previously, Eric was
with Premiere Speakers Bureau in Franklin, TN working with Col.
Oliver North, Glen Beck and Sean Hannity in radio, television, and
book tours. His life and travels have taken him from the Detroit area, to
cities across the United States, as well as Sudan and Thailand, providing
firsthand opportunities to see the positive changes The Guardian Angels
have brought to cities, towns and communities all around the world.
Robert McClintick: New Orleans Chapter Leader
“Jaguar” joined the Guardian Angels in 1989, with no idea of the
experiences in store for him. An ardent community service proponent,
he has traveled throughout the US assisting in starting chapters and
providing training to other Angels. His current project is centered on
helping New Orleans citizens stay safe in a city still rebuilding after
Sebastian Metz: Rocky Mountain States Co-Ordinator
Sebastian “Iron” Metz came to Denver in the early ‘90’s during the
“summer of violence” to build Guardian Angel chapters and help
neighborhoods take back their streets. Sebastian went on to open chapters
all over the world including Denver and continues to this day to be the
Western Regional Director.
Keiji Oda: Director of Asian Operations
A dedicated Angel, Keiji left NY after a tragic 1995 earthquake
shook Japan in order to provide assistance and start Guardian Angel
initiatives in Tokyo. An instructor at the Japan Police Academy and
Special Lecturer at Kurume University, Keiji continues to build on the
mission of serving as role models for youth and making communities
safe from crime through safety-based education.
Ed Parks: Reno Chapter Leader
Ed Park feels that The Guardian Angels have transformed his life and
taught him the core principles which drive him to be an asset to his
community. While serving as an Angel, Ed has assisted in the start-up
of 31 chapters.
Helaine Rizzo: S.A.V.E. Program Instructor
Helaine Rizzo, Guardian Angels S.A.V.E Program Instructor at St.
John’s University School of Education and Iona College. Helaine has
a Masters Degree in Special Education and is nationally certified.
Helaine has been a core volunteer for the Guardian Angels for the past
eight years. Always there to volunteer and roll up her sleeves to help
others, she’s a true member of The Guardian Angels family.
Arnaldo Salinas: Guardian Angels Senior Director
Arnaldo “13” was the first to participate as a member of the
Magnificent 13 subway patrol. Today, Arnaldo is a NYS licensed
teacher and school director/principal, as well as a Professor of
Security & Police Sciences licensed Dept of Criminal Justice
educator. In addition to his work with The Guardian Angels, Arnaldo
has served as a Senior Advisor to the United States Reserve Military
Policy Board under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and
owns and operates Archangel Global Security.
Antonio Segundo Prieto Torres- “X-Men”: Peru
Antonio, known as “X-Men,” joined the Guardian Angels in the 2003 NYC
blackout. His spirit of volunteerism led him to introducing the Guardian
Angels precepts in Peru, where Angels have worked to support children,
have provided emergency assistance after natural disasters, and continue to
support community efforts to “keep it safe.”
Dave Schroder: Edmonton Chapter Leader
In February of 2007, Dave was appointed Edmonton’s first Chapter
Leader by Curtis Sliwa. Since then the small, but dedicated group,
making up the Edmonton Chapter has worked to build a solid foundation
upon which to grow. The Edmonton Chapter would not exist without the
efforts of Bruce Neumann Assistant Chapter Leader, Allan St.Arnaud
our Martial Arts Instructor, and Mike Mrochuk.
Jill Shames: Israel
Jill Baker Shames is the Executive Director of El HaLev, a not-for profit
organization that empowers women in Israel through training in the
martial arts and self-defense. Jill holds a B.S. in Communications, an
MSW, a black belt in Okinawan Shorin-ryu Karate and Self-Defense
Instructor certification from the NWMAF (US), the Wingate Institute
(Israel) and IMPACT full-contact self-defense.
Dennis Torres ADA Super-Stretch is one of the original Guardian
Angels who joined in 1979 he has been in the Martial Arts for over 35
years and has won several karate championships and has been inducted
into several Martial Arts Hall Of Fame. Superstretch has worked for
the past 25 years with various communities based organizations, senior
citizen groups, youth groups, NYC Board Of Education, Gang & Drug
Prevention Programs. Super Stretch is the Director of the Washington
Hts & Inwood Guardian Angels Community Service Center and also
leads several Safety Patrols on Weekly bases.
Elizabeth Castellano has been with the Guardian Angels since the Washington Hts & Inwood Guardian Angels
Community Service Center opened in 2003 which service 250 Kids and 100 Adults on weekly bases services.
Program’s provided Martial Arts Drugs & Gang Prevention, Arts & Crafts, Help With Homework, Weekend
Camping, Summer day camp, Senior Citizen and Women Self-Defense programs, Law Enforcement & Security
Carlos Valentin & A . “Brighteyes” Arroyo: Alumni Directors
Longtime members of The Guardian Angels, the Alumni untiringly lend
their hands to assisting new chapters, training leaders, mentoring Junior
and Urban Angels, and marching alongside active Guardian Angels in
parades honoring Veteran’s Day, at ethnic pride festivals, and working at
toy and food drives.
Charl Viljoen: South Africa
Charl Viljoen is the first police officer in the world to start up, lead, and
actively grow a Guardian Angels chapter. He still does active police
work in Cape Town and is closely involved with the establishment and
training of Neighborhood Watches all over the city, most of the training
being ‘powered’ by Guardian Angels.
Erick Wong: California Coordinator
Erick “Confront” Wong joined the Guardian Angels in 1998 in Los
Angeles, CA. Today he serves as San Diego Chapter Leader and CA
Chief Operating Officer,
The Alliance of Guardian Angels
Mary Sliwa, COO of The Guardian Angels, is truly “Anchor
Angel” for the global organization. As the point person for
business operations, collaborations, communications, fundraising,
and events, Mary has taken dozens of ideas from concepts to full-
She is responsible for guiding and nurturing the Angels’ school
programs and CyberAngels, the Internet Safety program. She
has fostered powerful collaborations, taking the Angels from
“the streets to the suites.” Under her wing, The Guardian Angels
Education Team has been designated a contracted vendor for the
NYC Department of Education, opening doors to deliver student
support services to greater numbers of city schools. She has been instrumental in developing and enriching the
organizations’ web sites, realizing her vision of a Guardian Angels virtual online safety center. She created Rocky,
the beloved Angels’ mascot. Almost single-handedly, Mary organizes the annual fundraising Gala, honoring
supporters and reinforcing the Angels’ mission.
Mary draws from a rich background in education, business, marketing, and advertising, bringing her innovations,
talents, and high energy to grow The Guardian Angels and help make schools and communities safer for families
and children through education and outreach.
Mary earned degrees in Special Education, Psychology, and Elementary Education from William Paterson
College, subsequently earning Manager’s Certificates from The Sterling Institute and The Wharton School.
A media career followed, including Sales Manager at CNN/Headline News Cable, WPLJ Radio, WRKS Radio
and WPAT Radio. At WPAT Mary was instrumental in the development of the “SAY NO TO DRUGS” campaign.
She went on to assume positions for WABC News Talk Radio, Capital Cities/ABC (now Disney/ABC) in New
York. She received ABC’s Circle of Excellence Award and went on to become executive producer of her own show
at WABC Radio, “The Home Talk Show,” which became a top-rated Sunday show for WABC.
Mary joined the Angels initially as a Board member in 1996. Today, she continues to assemble a solid and
supportive Board of Trustees of varied backgrounds to help lead and guide the organization. Mary married Curtis
in 2000. Their son, Anthony Chester, was born in 2003.
Says Mary, “Our goal is to help families and children to be safe, through education and empowerment.”
To provide peaceful solutions to safeguard neighborhoods, schools and cyberspace
from bullying, gangs, and violence. To empower individuals, especially our youth,
to lead safe, positive, and contributing lives.
Grim realities families face every day... The Guardian Angels solutions...
In suburbs, rural areas, and cities across the nation Safeguards for Neighborhoods
thousands of kids and families are living in fear. Guardian Angels Volunteer Safety Patrols heighten
security on streets, in subways and neighborhoods, and
The reasons for their fear: bullying, gangs, violence, at community events.
and a growing number of Internet threats, including
cyberbullying, pornography and identity theft. Safeguards for Internet Use
Our Presidential award-winning CyberAngels program
The price of that fear: social isolation, school avoidance, supports safe, ethical use of Internet, awareness and
anxiety, depression, physical illness, and violent means prevention of cyberbullying and other cyberthreats, use
of self-protection. of security tools to help keep kids and adults safe while
These realities will not resolve on their own, and they
can get our kids into trouble. Educational programs that empower and engage
Guardian Angels and CyberAngels raise awareness
Hundreds of thousands of kids fear school bullies and outline resources for fathers, mothers, kids, and
• 160,000 students miss school daily because educators:
of fear of bullies, and the number is growing.
• Topics: gang resistance, bullying, cyberbullying,
Schools report gang activity nearby Internet safety
• US Schools in suburbs, rural settings, and cities • Interactive web sites
reporting gang activity near schools: gang • Online training modules
fights (42%), gang recruiting (35%), gang
shootings (25%). • Downloadable presentations, lessons plans,
handouts, fact sheets, newsletters
• Local gangs, girl gangs are on the rise.
• Frequently asked questions blogs
Kids Are Unsafe Online • Videos, web casts, links
• 42% of kids are bullied online, (35%) of kids • Ask an Angel
have been threatened online, and (21%) of kids
• and more...
have received mean or threatening e-mail or
• 1 in 3 youth report unwanted exposure to
• 1 in 7 youth report unwanted sexual solicitation.
Guardian Angels Progr ams
Community Safety Patrols
· The heart and soul of The Guardian Angels since 1979
· Chapters in 140 cities and 14 countries, 5,000 members
· Comprised of volunteers who patrol streets, subways, neighborhoods, and community events to safeguard
citizens of all ages
· Community services include graffiti paint-outs, park reclamation, first aid, self defense and safety seminars
for vulnerable populations, and emergency responders
NYCDOE Contracted Vendor – Contract No. TM07009
· A contracted vendor with the NYC Department of Education since 2006, the Angels provide Student Support
Services to students, professional development programs to educators, and programs for parents and
community members. Topics include bullying, gangs, cyberbullying, youth violence, leadership, conflict
resolution, school pride, community involvement.
Guardian Angels Role Model Academy
· Peer-led intervention program
· Extends friendly hand to students who are bullied, harassed, excluded
· Teaches kids to be ambassadors of kindness and look out for one another
Online Training In-Service Seminar (O.T.I.S.)
· An 80 minute online professional development video program that engages educators in keeping students safe
from bullying, cyberbullying, gangs (produced in cooperation with Monmouth-Ocean Educational
S.A.V.E. Certification Provider
· The Guardian Angels certifies New York educators at St. John’s University and Iona College in youth violence
prevention with a program that meets the requirements of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education
CyberAngels Internet Safety Education Program
· Web-based information and resources for educators, caregivers, and children to provide education and
resources to establish and maintain a safe online environment for everyone.
The Guardian Angels remains a volunteer-based organization made up of dedicated individuals who generously
donate their time and energy to help protect communities around the world. A unique feature of The Guardian
Angels approach is the group’s inclusion of inner city youth in the safety patrols. By making young people part of
the solution rather than casting them as part of the problem, The Guardian Angels empowers youth to take pride in
their communities and contribute to the safety of their neighborhoods. Over the years, Curtis and his Angels have
empowered thousands of citizens – both young and old – to take responsibility for cleaning up their communities
and safeguarding their streets.
As a result, there are now more than 140 Guardian Angels safety patrol chapters throughout the world, with constant
additions being made. And the grass roots community patrols that Curtis began also spurred the creation of
neighborhood watch groups throughout the United States and around the world.
In each safety patrol chapter, Guardian Angels volunteers safeguard streets, subways and other public areas.
From dusk until dawn, without weapons, these committed volunteers help to ensure that citizens can enjoy their
communities without fearing for their safety. The Guardian Angels attend community festivals and other large
gatherings to deter criminal elements from disrupting the celebrations.
Guardian Angels volunteers are also on
call 24/7 and support the community
whenever they are needed.
Each time a new Guardian Angels
chapter forms, the entire network
of Angels around the world grows
stronger. The strength of The Guardian
Angels network and the visibility of the
organization’s trademark red beret allow
new chapters to benefit from the goodwill
and trusted reputations of all the Angels
that have come before them.
For instance, popular support of The
Guardian Angels safety patrols is growing
in Japan. With the strong support of
Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, The Guardian Angels has been recognized by the national government as the
country’s first non-profit organization. Programs are offered throughout Japan, including in Tokyo, Yokohama and
Hiroshima. In addition to safety patrols in the schools and communities, The Guardian Angels offers educational
programs to teach safety techniques and provide safety training.
And recently in 2005, The African National Congress in Capetown, South Africa invited The Guardian Angels to
establish a local chapter. Over the years, The Guardian Angels has also expanded to locales such as New Zealand,
Peru, Brazil, Canada and the Philippines.
Throughout its existence, The Guardian Angels and Founder Curtis Sliwa have received awards and commendations
from Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Joining
forces with community groups like the YMCA, the National Crime Prevention Council, The United Way and
the Points of Light Foundation, The Guardian Angels’ message of hope and community empowerment has only
Safety Patrols 2008–2009
UNITED STATES Omaha, NE Kyoto, Kyoto
Gadsden, AL Asbury Park (In Development), NJ Miyagi, Sendai
Apache Junction, AZ Millville, NJ Okayama, Okayama
Phoenix, AZ Sussex, NJ Saitama, Kawaguchi
Huntington Park/ Maywood, (In Development), CA Trenton, NJ Saitama, Saitama
Los Angeles, CA Las Vegas, NV Saitama, Soka
Oakland, CA Reno, NV Saitama, Tokorozawa
Riverside County / San Bernardino County, CA Albany/Gloversville, NY Tokyo, Minato
Sacramento, CA Bath, NY Tokyo, Musashino
San Diego, CA Elmira, NY Tokyo, Shibuya
San Francisco, CA Middletown, NY Tokyo, Toshima
San Jose (In Development), CA Newburgh (In Development), NY Wakayama, Wakayama
Solano County (In Development), CA NYC, NY
Stockton (In Development), CA Poughkeepsie, NY CANADA
Turlock (In Development), CA Yonkers (In Development), NY Toronto, Ontario
Ventura County (In Development), CA Akron, OH Calgary, Alberta
Colorado Springs, CO Toledo, OH Vancouver, B.C.
Denver, CO Portland, OR Edmonton, Alberta
New Haven, CT Coatesville (In Development), PA Halifax, Nova Scotia
Norwalk (In Development), CT Easton, PA Red Deer (In Development), Alberta
Washington, D.C. Hazleton (In Development), PA
Broward County, FL Philadelphia, PA SOUTH AMERICA
Cape Coral, FL Scranton (In Development), PA Mexico City, Mexico
Ft. Myers, FL Slate Belt, PA Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Ft. Pierce/Port St. Lucia, FL Stroudsburg, PA Lima, Peru
Jacksonville, FL Wilkes Barre, PA Talara, Peru
Kissimmee, FL York, PA Ayacucho, Peru
Lake Mary, FL Chattanooga, TN Chimbote, Peru
Miami, Dade Co, FL Nashville, TN
Orlando, FL Dallas, TX MIDDLE EAST
Palm Beach Co - Lakeworth, FL Houston, TX Israel
St.Petersburg, FL San Antonio (In Development), TX
Tampa, FL Salt Lake City, UT AUSTRALIA / NEW ZEALAND
Atlanta (In Development), GA Roanoke Valley (In Development), VA Auckland Region, NZ
Savannah, GA Green Bay, WI Auckland Central Business District, NZ
Honolulu, HI Madison, WI Cromwell (In Development), NZ
Kauai, HI Milwaukee (In Development), WI Canberra, AU
Fort Dodge, IA JAPAN PHILIPPINES
Davenport/Moline/Rock Island, IA-IL Chiba, Chiba Tupi (In Development), Mindanao
Chicago, IL Chiba, Kashiwa Davao City, Mindanao
Peoria, IL Chiba, Matsudo
New Orleans, LA Ehime, Matsuyama SOUTH AFRICA
Boston, MA Fukuoka, Fukuoka Capetown
Brockton, MA Fukuoka, Kitakyushu Kuilsriver, Cape Town
Baltimore, MD Fukuoka, Kurume Potchefstroom
Detroit (In Development), MI Hokkaido, Sapporo
Minneapolis, MN Kanagawa, Yamato EUROPE
Kansas City, MO-KS Kanagawa, Yokohama Greater London
Jackson, MS Kanagawa, Yokosuka Italy
MS Gulf Coast (In Development), MS Kumamoto, Kumamoto
NY Department of Education
The Guardian Angels Awarded NYC Department of Education Contract
The Guardian Angels was awarded a contract from the NYC Department of Education to provide student support
services to city schools under procurement 1C510. Approval of our organization as a contracted vendor is a
tremendous opportunity to increase and broaden our outreach to NYC elementary, middle, and high schools. This
contract allows us to bring our programs to greater numbers of teachers, students, and parents, and help to keep
NYC schools and young people safe!
The Guardian Angels Education Team faculty is equipped with the knowledge, training, skills, and resources to
conduct assemblies, workshops, interactive classroom exercises, seminars, and customized program for schools on
• Gang awareness, prevention and defense
• Internet safety
• Youth violence reduction
• Empathy training
• Anger management
• Classroom management
• School pride
• Bob Proctor’s Youth Coaching program, which helps kids plan their futures
Our educational programs are unique and powerful and equip schools with practical tools for immediate application
in the classroom and outside world. They are designed to help school staff members create safe and productive
classroom environments and instill students with the knowledge, tools, and perspective needed to help them resist
gangs and minimize bullying and cyberbullying.
Team members will also work with staff and students to establish a Guardian Angels Role Model Academy in
the school, offering an opportunity for ongoing implementation of The Guardian Angels lessons. The student
members of the academy, under the direction of a school staff member, model the leadership, civility, citizenship,
volunteerism, and kindness modeled and nurtured by all Guardian Angels youth programs.
Gang Awareness & Prevention
The pervasiveness of gangs throughout our society is undeniable.
They incite fear and violence, threatening our schools, our
children, and our homes. Gangs today are more sophisticated
and flagrant in their use of violence and intimidation tactics.
As they proliferate in schools and neighborhoods, they bring
with them drugs, weapons, and criminal activity.
The Guardian Angels possess a unique ability to make an
impact with students, teachers and parents. Today’s volunteers
hail from diverse professional backgrounds – education, law
enforcement, information technology, and law – reflecting the
new challenges that face our communities. At the same time,
The Guardian Angels still carry the “street cred” that is so
essential to earning the respect of young people participating
in our educational programs.
Research and experience have shown us that one-shot programs or even limited anti-gang/violence education
programs for students and staff do not initiate long term, positive change in behavior for children. Students as well
as adults need constant reinforcement as to how their words and actions will affect people around them.
Our programs attack the problem from many angles, emphasizing and reinforcing gang resistance
in school, home and community. Our initiatives include:
• School-Based Conflict Resolution Program – Peer Mediation has proven to be the most effective tool in preventing
youth violence and gang recruitment in schools. The Guardian Angels trains students to participate in mediation
and conflict resolution.
• Basic Skills Training – By teaching flexible coping strategies, problem solving skills, and interpersonal skills,
The Guardian Angels helps children to define clear options in the decision making process, rather than using
impulsive decision making.
• Peer Mentor Program – Mentors are developed and assigned to students who are at-risk and might be potential
targets for gang recruitment.
• School Pride – Establishing a sense of pride
and belonging in school through fun activities,
and allowing children to have a voice in school
policy, can make their learning experience more
authentic and meaningful. This is important
because a smaller campus sometimes loses
a school identity and school pride of the
original parent school. This allows children
to feel capable, contributing, and connected to
the school and the community in which they
live so that they are less likely to seek outside
identification with gangs.
Gang Awareness & Prevention
For Schools For Parents
The Guardian Angels Gang Suppression Seminar • Gang recognition – the three “P’s : Posers (no real
teaches educators how to identify gang activity and threat, they are the “wanna- be’s”), Prospects (growing
what to do when it is recognized. Session participants threat, actively being recruited by the gangs), the
first investigate a brief history of gangs and learn to Predators (immediate threat, hard-core gang members
clarify their definitions to identify a wide range of living that life 24 hours a day).
groups appropriately called gangs.
• Behavior patterns to look for
Participants then develop a comprehensive outline for • How to talk to your child about gangs
gang intervention strategies and learn gang management
techniques that can reduce and even eliminate • Community resources that parents can draw on
the presence and influence of gangs in school and • Family and Community role model training
classroom environments. Participants learn how to
identify various gang affiliations and which students • How to deal with police
may be involved.
• To define gangs
• Strategies and techniques to reduce gang participation
• Signs and symbols that identify gangs
• How students are a resource in gang education
• The use of technology in gang activity and how to handle it
• Warning signs of gang membership drives
Anti-Bullying Progr am
Children who come to school each day fearful of being bullied
simply cannot be expected to concentrate on their academic
studies. Unfortunately, 160,000 children fear attending
school each day because of intimidation and humiliation
suffered at the hands of bullies, according to a recent study.
Far from being a harmless playground nuisance, bullying
causes psychological harm, self-esteem damage and other
lasting effects for victims.
The Guardian Angels Academy anti-bullying sessions cover topics such as:
• What constitutes bullying behavior and what are the effects of bullying
• How teachers can recognize/differentiate between “kidding around” and bullying
• Interventions for violent and at-risk students
• Diffusing potentially dangerous encounters
• Gang recognition (shortened version of the larger Gang Recognition module)
• Students’ use of verbal weapons
• Encouraging students to report bullying behavior
• Practical ways to set the stage for a civil and tolerant classroom atmosphere
• Practical alternatives to traditional detentions/suspensions
• Strategies for teachers when parents and students are bullying them
• How to build a team united to protect the entire school community from the negative effects of bullying
Role Model Academy
Our Role Model Academy is a peer-led intervention program dedicated to the philosophy and ideals of The
Guardian Angels. Under the auspices of trained faculty members, the students participate in various activities that
contribute toward positive self-esteem and character building. These youngsters represent the ideals embraced by
The Guardian Angels.
“Kids Sticking Up For Kids”
This program was developed to hold out a friendly hand to children who are bullied, harassed or excluded.
Our children learn to raise the level of civility, kindness, and tolerance in our schools through their pro-active
rolemodeling. “Kids Sticking Up for Kids” becomes a reality as students are taught to be ambassadors of kindness
and to take care of each other. Students involved in the Role Model Academy also help staff members recognize the
children who are affected by negative or aggressive behavior.
Through student assemblies and small-group sessions, students learn to:
• Understand the definition of bullying, and comprehend its impact on themselves and others
• Achieve an increased level of empathy for each other
• Understand that no one has the right to bully or harass them
• Learn empowerment strategies and coping skills necessary to counteract the negative impact of bullying
• Recognize the importance of “sticking up” for each other to deny bullies an audience
• Learn the importance of the individual in making a change in society
Junior Guardian Angels
This Guardian Angels youth program provides education and youth violence prevention programs to at-risk youth
ages 4 - 15 years in a safe, supportive environment. By teaching and modeling positive alternatives to gang violence,
this program can help youth in neighborhoods riddled with drugs and gangs to turn away and focus on education,
development of life skills, and community involvement. The goal is to help youth to stay safe and choose positive,
The program uses a variety of teaching tools—including arts and crafts projects, games, puppets, guest speakers,
trips, and workshops with community leaders, police and fire departments—all of which foster an appreciation and
respect for positive role models in the community.
The youngsters develop self-esteem through role-playing, verbal defense skills, martial arts training, and community
projects that give them a sense of purpose. Children participate through Junior Guardian Angels After-School Club
Programs, including those administered through the YMCA of Greater New York. Recent grants by the New York
City Department of Youth and Community Development have furthered delivering these life-shaping programs to
Urban Guardian Angels
Urban Guardian Angels, for teens 12 to 16, provides an alternative to gangs and drugs through a supportive club
environment dedicated to community service and personal responsibility. This program operates throughout the New
York City Public School System, the YMCA of Greater New York, and the New York Housing Authority as well as
in other Guardian Angels chapters, such as Washington D.C., within the school system, teens are recommended by
teachers and principals.
The program focuses on those who need to improve attendance or behavior, or who face other adjustment challenges.
It also provides structured weekend recreational activities that combine fun with education and the challenges of
group dynamics. Many participants have successfully turned
away from the lure of drugs and gang life to become role models
for their peers and local community.
To date, the Urban Angels have serviced 1,200 teens and preteens
in crime and violence prevention education, as well as character-
building education. In addition, participants in these programs
have provided community service in the form of approximately
50 service-related projects linked to community safety. Thanks
to the generosity of our supporters, eight scholarships have been
awarded to our achievers!
Collabor ations with Universities and Colleges
S.A.V.E. Workshops at St. John’s University and Iona College
The Guardian Angels delivers a two-hour violence prevention workshop for educators just entering the field and
experienced classroom veterans. The workshop meets the certification requirements for the “Safe Schools Against
Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Act” signed into law in New York in 2000.
Through this program, available at St. John’s University and Iona College, teachers learn to recognize and prevent
violence, not just in the classroom but throughout the school environment and community. Topics covered include
identifying the warning signs and impact of bullying, the role of school staff in protecting kids, and strategies for
dealing with “at-risk” kids.
“Your knowledge of the S.A.V.E. legislation, your commitment to students’ safety, and your empathy for students
who need our care were evident to all program participants.”
Florence D. Musiello, Education Dept - Iona College
“It would certainly be in the best interests of students at other institutions should they be able to hear you and
profit from your point of view as well as from the strategies you propose to deal with (and sometimes even prevent)
school violence where it occurs.”
Jerrold Ross, Dean of the School of Education - St. John’s University
St. John’s University School of Education
The Guardian Angels collaborates with St. John’s
University School of Education throughout the
year. In January, a Bullying Prevention Workshop
was held for members of St. John’s Chapter of
Phi Delta Kappa.
Phi Delta Kappa is an organization composed of
professional educators and students preparing
for a career in education. Phi Delta Kappa’s
mission is to, “promote high-quality education,
in particular publicly supported education, as
essential to the development and maintenance
of a democratic way of life. This mission is
accomplished through leadership, research, and
service in education.”
The Future of The Guardian Angels
Every day, we receive calls and letters from individuals pleading for help to overcome violence in their worlds. These
calls only confirm the increases in violence, harassment, and intimidation reported daily in newspapers and research
surveys. Bullies, predators, and gangs, in increasing numbers, are creating fear and danger in our communities. The
perpetrators lurk in schools, neighborhoods, streets, subways and the Internet.
That all children will enjoy a safe environment in which they can rise to their full potential and develop self-esteem,
confidence and pride of accomplishment through a contribution and commitment to society.
To motivate teachers, parents and children to create a safer, more powerful future through our programs focused on
personal safety, civic contribution, value development and cyber security. To bring violence prevention programs to
schools across America for the benefit of students, families, and teachers. To serve as a resource for training teachers
in violence prevention at institutions of higher learning.
Through increased partnership with educational, business, cultural and religious institutions in our communities, we
will solidify and expand our pragmatic and positive role model programs. We will expand and enhance our programs
focused on personal safety, neighborhood safety, cyberspace safety and civility, with a special emphasis on overcoming
social and educational adversity. In concert with our nation’s schools, we will continue our groundbreaking work to
develop curricula illustrating and documenting the benefits of violence prevention.
Future Community Center
Rocky the Mascot
Rocky, the Guardian Angels’ scruffy sheepdog mascot, has
been brought to life. Mary Sliwa, C.O.O. and Executive
Director of The Guardian Angels, invented Rocky as a means
of using humor and puppetry to entrance audiences of children
and adults alike. She found using Rocky enhanced the ability
of kids to better communicate and interact with each other,
as well as teach verbal defense skills. Rocky’s laughter and
antics became medicine for all who experienced the delight
of hearing him speak. Using her special warmth and sense
of humor, that can translate to any age group, Mary not
only created a voice for Rocky, she created a flamboyant
Rocky is indeed the bad boy of The Guardian Angels. Yet, you only
need to watch the faces of the children and Guardian Angels to
realize how endearing the rough-talking, wise-cracking puppet can
be to all in his company. Rocky places a smile on each face in the
crowd. Much like Santa Claus, spreading the gift of magic, Rocky
gets around, as he has two homes in New York, one in Hollywood,
Florida, and one in Japan. His humor does not seem to need
interpretation though, as his voice is universally understood. Rocky’s
bark can be heard ‘round the globe!!!
Welcome to the NEW GuardianAngels.com website! Surf on over and click through our newly designed site to find
out more information about our organization, including; History, Programs, News Articles, Donation Links, How to
Start a Chapter, and more!
When you enter the world of www.guardianangels.org, it will clearly demonstrate that we perform a needed service!
When Curtis Sliwa founded The
Guardian Angels in 1979, the
safety risks facing New Yorkers
were daunting and obvious. Yet
today our children face even
greater threats in the online world
- insidious because they elude
detection, making them difficult
to avoid. In response to citizens’
calls for assistance in dealing with
online threats, the Guardian Angels
launched CyberAngels in 1995.
When Mary Sliwa joined The Guardian Angels in 1996, she
took CyberAngels under her wing, guiding its expansion
and shaping the program of today. Under her vision and
direction, CyberAngels debuted in Washington at the
“Focus on Children: Internet Safety” summit, earning
recognition from President Bill Clinton, who bestowed
the 1998 Presidential Service Award on the organization.
Please visit www.CyberAngels.org
to learn more about our work online.
Journalists, often consult our experts when researching
online safety topics. CyberAngels has been featured in
Reader’s Digest, Newsweek, TV Guide, Cosmopolitan,
Family Circle, French Elle, The Sunday Times Magazine,
Ladies Home Journal, Good Housekeeping and Family
PC Magazine. Our work has been lauded on programs
such as 20/20, CNN, Good Morning America, The Early
Show, Today Weekend, Extra!, BBC, and ABC’s television
for being our
Honorary Dinner Chair
The Honorable Rudolph W. Giuliani
Gala Dinner Chairs Board of Trustees
Simon Bergson Chairman - Robert J. Frey
John and Margo Catsimatidis Joseph P. Acquavella
Ed Moldaver Jim Anderson
Gala Committee John A. Catsimatidis
Kathleen DuBois Margo Catsimatidis
Steven & Diane Gattullo Paul Clolery
Katya Gifford John DiDomenico
Shelley Goldberg Mario M. Kranjac, Esq.
Annie Hausmann Ed Moldaver
Irena Holiat Ian Moore
Phyllis Jay Rabbi Joseph Potasnik
Joan Jedell Curtis Sliwa
Betsy McCaughey Mary Sliwa
Cristyne Nicholas Donna Soloway
Susan O’Leary Leon Temiz
Patti Page Jeffrey D. Tolkin
Ronnie Perl Laura Tufano
Helaine Rizzo Peter Weedfald
Laura Tufano James E. Winner
Friends of The Angels Board
Matthew Adell Ron Hershco
Howard J. Adler Keith Kantrowitz
Bob Carlino Howard M. Lorber
Paul V. Carlucci Paul Martinelli
Paul Corvino David Michaels
Les Goodstein Margaret Peppey