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> David F. Lelio, M.D.
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David F. Lelio, MD

   I am writing this letter in response to your encouragement to have me write my opinion about the Lincoln's Challenge Academy Program. During Cadet Delatorre's on campus experience, I was thrilled to witness the overall professionalism of the staff at the Academy and the responsiveness of several individuals to my questions and concerns. During my visits, I also witnessed many cadets being treated firmly but fairly and their responsiveness to staff. In my private practice, I see many of the same adolescents that struggle in the city streets of Chicago. What a refreshing experience.

   I was unable to attend Cadet Delatorre's graduation celebration due to Cook County Court Jury Duty. Despite this, my involvement has been a genuine commitment to Cadet Delatorre and his future. It has not been easy but I find that your availability and support has encouraged me to add more time to my schedule for him. We meet on a bi-weekly basis and talk at a minimum of 2 times per week. He continues to struggle with the draw of his neighborhood, but we are working on finding more steady employment and a commitment to a college level education.

   My experience with Lincoln's Challenge Academy Program has and continues to be very positive. I often recommend the program to parents who are referred to me for help with their adolescent son or daughter. I hope that the Government continues to support the Program and its level of highly motivated and committed staff. evaluation essay topicsto help you succeed . for you It has made a great impact on Cadet Delatorre's life and my hope is that he will begin to recognize the gifts that have been given to him through the Program.

   Feel free to call me if you should have further questions or concerns regarding this matter. Again, thank you for your continuing support.

Sincerely,
David F. Lelio, MD

DHS / OMH, Metropolitan Child and Adolescent Network

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Bruce D. Buttny

   Since my time as mentor is soon drawing to a close, it seemed like a good time for me to express my appreciation for the Lincoln's Challenge Program, and for the time and patience of you and the other case managers I have dealt with.

   In the time that I have been acquainted with the LCP, I have seen my Mentee--Dane Anthony Smith--go from being a frustrated and directionless young man to one filled with confidence and a sense of purpose. It represents a change that gives great pride to me, as well as his parents. Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the LCP provided Dane with the structure and environment that he needed in order to get his life "on track".

   He is presently serving the United States Army in the 101st Airborne, and looks forward to finding a career in the Fire Service when he is discharged. I have no doubt that when that time comes he will make an outstanding public servant.

   Again, my thanks to you and the LCP for helping both us "find our way".

Sincerely,
Bruce D. Buttny

Chicago Fire Department

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