Improving Lives and Building Strong Professional Relationships
Choose2Live is a community advocacy initiative of Dedication to Community committed to serving as an information resource for law enforcement, educational institutions, and social change organizations by providing strategies and information that build and strengthen internal and external relationships.
An integral part of D2C’s central mission is to contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of communities, while enhancing the quality of life and living for those who reside within these communities, especially for communities and individuals who are at the greatest risk for adversity—the unserved, the underserved and the nation’s youth.
Toward this end, D2C launched a new initiative in May 2015 called Choose2Live (“C2L”) that addresses the following societal issues:
- Safe and positive interactions with law enforcement and appropriate responses by law enforcement to the populations they serve
- Substance abuse and related illegal activities; underage drinking and responsible legal age alcohol consumption
- The development and implementation of positive and focused life plans – living purpose-driven lives
To serve as an information resource for law enforcement, educational institutions and social change organizations by providing strategies and information that build and strengthen internal and external relationships. Choose2Live offers educational and interactive presentations that are motivational, educational and impactful to engage middle school through college students, law enforcement, and community groups in candid discussions to encourage positive, healthy and rational life choices.
Goals and Objectives
The brand name, Choose2Live, is all-inclusive of the initiative’s programmatic goals and encompasses the ‘making the right choices’ aspect of the initiative’s focus areas. Further, C2L challenges audiences to engage in individual accountability to make positive, healthy and rational life choices in order to prosper, and in an effort to avoid disastrous results, including:
- Negative health implications
- Loss of educational opportunities
- Loss of employment and future earning potential
- Loss of the ability to build and maintain healthy relationships
- Potential incarceration (prison)
- Loss of life (death)
“Quentin Williams is a dynamic speaker that engages the audience and makes them question the status quo. His ideas and beliefs are a result of his experiences which brings legitimacy to his words. We were very fortunate to have him speak at the 2015 North Carolina School Directors Conference.”
~Steven G. Combs, Director
Criminal Justice Standards Division
North Carolina Department of Justice
“I want to thank you for re-adjusting your hectic schedule to come to Livingstone College to share such a dynamic message with the entire campus. Your visit, indeed, stimulated the minds of our students, staff and faculty by educating them to understand the process of bridging the gap between law enforcement and the public citizen. Your message was informative and timely and brought clarity on how we should conduct ourselves as we press forward for a unified front. Again, thanks and much success to you.”
~Curtis Dean, ABD, Assistant Professor
Division of Business
Click here for Choose2Live Events and videos.
The segment of the Choose2Live curriculum that relates to safe and positive interactions with law enforcement is drawn from the book A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, PART I written by Dedication to Community founder and chairman M. Quentin Williams. Proceeds from the sale of print copies of the book are being donated to Dedication to Community.
Click here to view the video introduction to the book How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, PART I.
Click here to read articles and media mentions related to How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, PART I.
“A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE”
Dedication to Community Founder and Chairman M. Quentin Williams Publishes Definitive Guide
on Dealing with the Police, “A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, PART I”
In the wake of the recent tragedies related to community policing issues throughout the nation, New York City attorney M. Quentin Williams, Esq. has recently published A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE, PART I. Although the title of the guide may appear to be somewhat provocative, Williams’ well-balanced, impartial take on the current state of affairs is that “challenging times require equally creative solutions.”
“I wrote this book as a tool to help mend the fragmented relationship between law enforcement and the public they are tasked to serve and protect,” said Williams. “I strongly believe that we can move this issue forward to find winning solutions for the public citizenry, law enforcement and the communities they serve.”
While written for the general population, the guide is especially directed toward those who, according to state and federal law enforcement statistics across the country, are at greatest risk of being approached, detained and arrested by the police.
“What an instructive, humane, intelligent, compassionate, sensitive and sensible, concisely written road map for navigating interactions with law enforcement! You have managed to demonstrate, by your own unique experiences, both sides of an intensely complex dynamic—what goes on in the minds of police officers, and the fear and rage that too many people encounter on a daily basis, in a hugely humane manner! This book needed to be written; and you deal fairly with both sides of the issue.”
~Dorothy P. Moran, St. John’s University School of Law
Williams, a passionate international speaker and alumnus of Boston College, where he majored in economics as an NCAA Division I athlete, and St. John’s University School of Law, where he focused on labor law, is a legal analyst, strategist and adviser with more than 25 years of established business expertise and over 20 years of legal experience. A former FBI agent, federal prosecutor and executive with the NFL and NBA, he is now the chairman and chief executive officer of The Butler Lappert Williams Firm, PC in New York City as well as Williams Media and Marketing Group, LLC in Los Angeles.
Williams is the founder and chairman of Dedication to Community (D2C), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals and communities to achieve their business and societal goals through the spirit of entrepreneurial enterprise and community advocacy. He is also the impetus behind the D2C initiative Choose2Live—a community advocacy program that engages middle school through college students, law enforcement, and community groups in building strong professional relationships and making positive, healthy and rational life choices. Williams is also co-founder of the nationally-distributed EndZone Luncheon Series.
If you would like the complete copy of A Survival Guide: How NOT to get KILLED by the POLICE you may order it by making a $15.00 donation online to Dedication to Community.