NORFOLK — The Norfolk Police Department Crime Prevention Unit has introduced the Norfolk Police Chess Initiative.
The initiative was designed to encourage and improve critical thinking among youth and develop one on one mentoring relationships between youth and police.
The Crime Prevention Unit created the initiative with the assistance of Chess Consultant Lisa Suhay. Suhay is a sponsor of the Norfolk Chess Federation, local branch of the Hip-Hop Chess Federation (HHCF) an organization that encourages public service employees to interact with local teenagers.
“I started doing research and I found that kids who have played chess once a week for one school year have almost doubled their SOL scores,” she said.
Aneja Kemp likes the program.
“Like they know me, I know them and recommendations and they help me become a better person and stuff like that in the future and they help me stay straight,” Kemp stated.
The inaugural site for the NPD Chess Initiative is Lake Taylor High School. The 4-6 week program will be held year round at a variety of venues across the City of Norfolk, primarily during after school hours.