By Carol Hendrycks, Youth Services Communication Manager
Youth Services held their annual open house event on August 27th. All programs and services were well represented and welcomed our many guests from the community such as Valley Behavioral Health, United Way of Salt Lake, CASA, EPIK, Salt Lake County Library Services, Housing Authority of Salt Lake, Utah Attorneys General Office, and Granite School District.
A special thanks to Salt Lake County Deputy Mayor Nichole Dunn and Human Services Associate Director Karen Crompton for their supportive opening remarks to kick-off the event. Thank you to our partners from the Utah Pride Center, University of Utah, Neuropsychiatric Institute Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (UNI MCOT), and ShelterKids, Youth Services nonprofit board, for hosting a booth to promote our collaborative efforts in helping youth and families. Guests had opportunities to ask questions, take a tour and enjoy refreshments. Youth Services appreciates the staff participation and the preparation in holding a successful open house. If you missed our open house event but would like more information about our services, a tour, or volunteer opportunities please contact Mike Varanakis at 385-468-4506.
It’s back to school on the main campus serving our residential clients. We’d like to welcome our new teacher Jodi Horgan! Jodi has taught in Granite School District for 25 years. The first 10 years at Eisenhower Junior High and the last 15 at Evergreen Junior High. We’re thrilled to have her on campus and our youth are enjoying their time in the classroom.
Our Prevention classes are full and up and running. Classes include Strengthening Families, Discovering Possibilities and Real Deal Anger Management. Our team is preparing for peer mentor training on September 12th and looking forward to attending the Annual Fall Substance Abuse Conference in St. George at the end of the month. Prevention professionals nationwide gather to learn the latest treatment techniques for youth and families. For more information contact Anne Schmidt, Case Management/Substance Abuse, Prevention Services and Outreach at 385-468-4528.
Youth Services staff is looking forward to our annual division retreat September 22nd. This is an opportunity for staff to receive training on topics such as gang prevention, active shooter guidelines, and safe places for LGBT youth from field experts. Staff will also enjoy lunch, entertainment and fun activities that provide a chance for a 24/7 division to meet and catch up with one another.