Wichitan of The Year

Brenda Jarret was named Wichitan of the Year on Wednesday after a presentation by Todd Maclin, Chairman of Chase Consumer and Commercial Banking, about his personal perspective on the 2008 financial crisis and where we are today.

Working in the Youth Opportunity Center, she was instrumental in starting the "Weed and Seed" Program, a program developed in 1991 to demonstrate an innovative and comprehensive approach to law enforcement and community revitalization, and to prevent and control violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in target areas.

The program attempts to weed out violent crime, gang activity, and drug use and trafficking in target areas, and then seed the target area by restoring the neighborhood through social and economic revitalization.

To achieve these goals, Weed and Seed integrates law enforcement, community policing, prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood restoration efforts. The Weed and Seed program is being implemented in more than 150 communities across the country.