New Gardening Program at Strickland PDF Print E-mail

The Strickland Youth Center began the “Grow Up” Gardening Program this Spring.  The program was designed to provide therapeutic healing activities through gardening.  Research has shown the act of growing things greatly impacts positive mental health and wellbeing in youth.

One of our own detention officers, Desaavre Paige, who is also community gardening enthusiast taught residents how to grow from seeds a variety of plants. Officer Paige worked with our residents to teach them the importance of agriculture, benefits of fresh foods, and plentiful possibilities of growing and maintaining a healthy productive garden.  

With the help of other detention officers residents constructed six raised bed gardens and six plots of soil for planting.  Dozens of residents participated in the program growing corn, tomatoes, pole beans, peas, squash, okra, peppers, cucumbers, sun flowers, and a variety of other plants.  The harvest from the garden program was donated to local churches, food kitchens and used in meals at the Youth Center. Residents who participated in the program were excited to taste food they grew themselves.

Officer Paige will continue the Youth Center’s mission to cultivate the growth of our residents through gardening with a year-round gardening program.  The fall garden will double in size and provide residents with new opportunities to learn positive life skills and mentoring from various Master Gardeners in Mobile County.

 

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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.

About Strickland

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.

Judge Naman

 

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"We are fighting for
the hearts and souls
of our children.
It's a fight that only
can be won by
community collaborations
and fresh and
innovative approaches
to building and
strengthening our
families"


 Edmond G. Naman
   Circuit Judge   

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Parent Information

Office Hours
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday

 

Visiting Hours for Detained Juveniles

Tuesday 6-7:30 PM 

Saturday 9-11 AM

 

Community Resources

Family Center of Mobile Web site
http://www.FamilyCenterMobile.org

Mobile County Health Department
http://www.MobileCountyHealth.org

Family Counseling Center of Mobile
http://www.LifelinesMobile.org

Boys and Girls Club of South Alabama 
http://www.bgcsouthal.org

 VISION STATEMENT 

THE JUVENILE COURT OF MOBILE COUNTY IS COMMITTED TO PROVIDING JUSTICE, PROTECTION, AND INSPIRATION THROUGH GUIDANCE, ACCOUNTABILITY, EDUCATION, AND EFFECTIVE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS THEREBY EMPOWERING OUR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES TO REALIZE THEIR FULLEST POTENTIAL.