Grace M. Deon, Esq. Featured Speaker at Quakertown Community Center’s 2nd Annual Leadership Forum
Grace M. Deon, Esq. served as a community leader speaker at Quakertown Community Center’s (QCC) 2nd Annual Leadership Forum on September 17, 2019.
Ms. Deon discussed the youth, family and community benefits derived from after school programs similar to the one offered by QCC known as “The Drop”. Some of the benefits include a reduction in youth drug use and criminal behavior; improved school performance, behavior and attendance; and added support for those suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues.
Ms. Deon is a board member of the National Alliance of Mental Illness – Bucks County Chapter (“NAMI”) and sits on a forum assembled by District Attorney Matt Weintraub to address issues facing residents who have custody of their grandchildren due to the opioid epidemic. Ms. Deon noted that local educators, counselors and grandparents raising their grandchildren have another available resource through “The Drop” and they should not hesitate to encourage at risk youth to explore all that it has to offer.
Ms. Deon is a shareholder and member of Eastburn and Gray’s management committee and has practiced law for 27 years. Her practice focuses on Employment, Commercial and Special Education litigation. She previously served as the President of the Bucks County Bar Association. She has resided in Bucks County for 42 years, and for more than three decades, she has actively participated as a board member and fundraiser for numerous non-profit agencies throughout Bucks County.
Quakertown Community Center serves as a central hub of hope, creativity, healing, and acceptance so youth and young adults can identify and develop their passions, gifts and potential in a safe and welcoming environment. The Center is the home of “The Drop” – an after school program for at risk youth that is staffed by volunteers between 3:00 and 6:00pm. The Drop provides a safe haven and welcoming, supportive environment for area youth to enjoy positive peer interaction and age appropriate recreational activities. To learn more about the Center, please visit https://qtowncc.com.
Photographed above (from left to right) is Grace Deon and Kaitlin Bangert, Program Director, The Drop.