County’s The Club at Juvenile Hall garners Challenge and Merit Award
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Each year, the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) recognizes counties for innovation and excellence.  Of the 220 entries submitted this year from jurisdictions across the state, Sonoma County was one of 18 selected to receive a Challenge and Merit Award in 2013.  Sonoma County’s Challenge Award honored The Club at Juvenile Hall, a partnership between the Probation Department and the Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Central Sonoma County.

“The Club at Juvenile Hall is an excellent example of the kind of innovative program that can come from County partnership with community organizations,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman David Rabbitt.  “Working with the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, and the City of Santa Rosa, the Probation Department has created a program that will assist Juvenile Hall youth transition successfully back into our community. We appreciate and echo CSAC’s recognition of The Club.”

The Club was designed as a transition program that focuses on building relationships and skills that will assist at-risk youth in their transition from a detention setting back into the community.  The daily curriculum focuses on character and leadership development, health and life skills, and academic success and career development.  Club caseworkers serve as mentors to the youth and assist this with school enrollment, tutoring, and employment assistance. 

 In addition to the CSAC Challenge Award, the National Association of Counties at the 2013 Annual Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas recently recognized The Club program.

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