Juvenile Service to the Community
The Mobile County Juvenile Court Youth participated in Community Service on Sat. Oct. 1, 2011 at The City of Prichard’s Monthly Pet Adoption. It was held at the COP Animal Shelter and was attended by 12 participants. Prichard’s Public Works Superintendent Mr. Fernando Billups and Bridge Program Coordinator Lacey Broadus added that it was a success. The event was coordinated by Community Service Liason Terri Graham McAlpine and Shelter Spvsr. Andrew Stubbs. A total of 48 CS hours were completed. Tyra Pruitt the COP Office Mgr organized youth into 3 rotating groups including one group supervised by Stephanie Bates and James Harris that began with the Educational Component of the “Basics of pet ownership and care”; the second group was supervised by Animal Control Officer Marvin Dailey who demonstrated how to properly care for puppies and small cats as well as grooming and kennel preparation, and finally a third group supervised by Animal Control Officer L. Clark and Trackers Sequoyah Chaney and Thomas Latner - taught them about things such as sensitivity, immunizations, euthanasia, handling larger animals, reporting stray animals and the dangers of fighting dogs. Every child got an opportunity – while supervised by Bridge staff and shelter staff to handle pets and learn to hold, feed and walk puppies as well as the large animals. They were excited and jovial about the experience and very attentive to the staff at the shelter. Several expressed interest afterwards – in adopting their first pets and others inquired about future volunteer opportunities and what requirements would be mandated for them to work in a shelter as a future career. It was informative from beginning to end. Case Managers reported that youth evaluated their experience as positive and inquired as to when there would be another opportunity to go to another shelter. There were a few students that had a fear of animals initially – as all youth reported that they had never owned a personal pet of any kind. They quickly adjusted after working with the staff there and being assured that their safety was primary. The Bridge provided snacks, beverages.
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