Juvenile Court Gives Back to Community
Mobile Juvenile Court Youth Participated in Community Service by giving back to Habitat For Humanity on Saturday Nov 5, 2011. The Interfaith Build Program worked on a home for a needy family in the Hillsdale Community. A total of 20 hours of service were completed by 5 male volunteers. The morning portion of the event was held from 8-12a.m. where more than 25 volunteers with various churches and community organizations arrived at 7:45am to participate in a morning devotional prayer and safety training. Then volunteers were given hard-hats and gloves and were off to a day of hard work! Participants worked on various jobs at each site including lumber set up, framing, painting, sheet-rock, grouting, flooring and even landscaping.
The event was coordinated by Jennifer Tidwell of Habitat for Humanity and Community Service Liaison, Terri L. Graham McAlpine! Trackers from the Bridge were also onsite supervising the group as well as assisting. Ms. Tidwell reported, “We are so excited that The Bridge offered to partner with us on this project. This was a productive day of success where a lot was completed! We needed the help on these 5 properties for these families to meet our deadline!” Ms. McAlpine reported, “Our goal was accomplished today! Many of the young men connected with so many people and expressed that construction work is a possible career path that they would consider!” Families that sign up to qualify to be approved to purchase an affordable home or have their current home restored, must also volunteer 400 hours working on homes in their community. An event is also being organized for Juvenile Court to participate on another home-build in the month of December.
How you can help
It's not up to adults and police to do something about youth violence. Adult solutions won't work by themselves. Youth can - and should - do something. If you want to start seeing changes in your school or where you live, here are some things that you should do:
- be aware there is a problem.
- recognize that violence affects everyone - anyone can be a victim.
- talk about violence with your friends and family - take a stand.
- don' t react to violence with more violence.
- get together - find ways to help stop violence in your school or where you live before it happens.
- if there's a youth council, get involved - help promote positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- call or write your local media - let them know the positive alternatives to youth and gang violence where you live.
- learn the truth about violence in your community - don't let rumors run your life.
- remember that violent teens are a minority - don't let their actions speak for all youth.
The philosophy of the Strickland youth Center is that helping a troubled youth requires the active participation of the Childs entire family. Consistent with this philosophy, all treatment programs operated by the Center are designed to include the child’s family.
The total annual operating budget for the Strickland Youth Center is approximately 6.5 million dollars. It is funded by Mobile County, the City of Mobile, the Department of Youth Services and various grants the State of Alabama.
"We are fighting for
the hearts and souls
of our children.
It's a fight that only
can be won by
and fresh and
to building and
Edmond G. Naman