What an amazing experience looks like!

Authored by: Sarafina Shukuru, Intern from the Refugee Program

My experience as an intern at Youth Services was uniquely awesome. I thought it would be challenging and something I wouldn’t be able to handle, but it turned out to be the opposite of what I expected.


I did and learned from various tasks. I helped at the warehouse, cleaning, and scanning some papers. Each day was different. I remember one day, all I  did was fixing brochures. Other days, I would be scanning some volunteer paperwork and calling to invite future candidates to join.

The experience was as an office specialist. If I has the opportunity, I would defiantly do this again.  Would I recommend someone to come be an intern? Of course I would. Who wouldn’t want to have an amazing experience getting to learn about what it is like to work with people who are dedicated in helping kids?

It was a great opportunity. For someone who wants to be an intern here or even volunteer, I would say do it. You won’t regret the decision.

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Turn Around Bright Eyes: There’s a Total Solar Eclipse of the Sun

Authored by: Liz Sollis, Salt Lake County Library

On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will take place and the County Library is offering several programs and viewing parties to help maximize this incredible experience.

Whether you’re looking for solar eclipse storytimes, crafts, or information on the solar system, we’ve got a variety of programs for science enthusiasts of all ages and learning abilities taking place in August.


In addition to sharing information about the solar eclipse, some of our branches are giving away solar eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last, at limited locations) to people who attend their solar eclipse program. If you can’t attend one of these programs, or the program you attend doesn’t offer glasses, you may make your own viewing tools using instructions found on the County Library website. Viewing glasses may also be purchased at Clark Planetarium.

To find a County Library solar eclipse program near you, and to learn a few fun facts about the total solar eclipse, go to slcolibrary.org/solareclipse.


Programs and events taking place at other locations across the County, as well as basic solar eclipse information, can be found using this hashtag: #AllEyesOnTheSky and by visiting the Clark Planetarium website.

Solar Eclipse Safety Tip: NEVER look directly at the sun, especially during a solar eclipse.

You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do. To learn more, literally, visit slcolibrary.org, and stop by one of our neighborhood branches.


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Respect for Parents Day is Today!

Authored by: Gina Percival, Public Relations Coordinator

Today we are celebrating Respect for Parents Day! Indeed, the perfect chance to honor the love, respect, sacrifice and affection from the people that have loved you the most.

Our recommendation for you is to go spend the day with your parents. Help them around the house and maybe get them a card or small gift to let them know you were thinking of them. There are so many creative ways to show them respect.


The parents’ Day celebration officially came to USA in the year 1994 in an effort to make our families become united and strong by recognizing the leadership roles parents have and their important role in society.

Our parents definitely deserve all of our love, respect and admiration:

They’re older and wiser- They have a few years on you, which means they have seen more of the world and have gathered a wealth of experience- which shouldn’t be underestimated.

They’re there for you no matter what- Parents will see you though the good and the bad and provide a listening ear and some sound advice.

They’ve made a lot of the same mistakes– Why do they seem to know everything? It’s likely because they have been there, done it.

They’re usually right- As much as we hate to admit it- 99% of the time our parents speak the truth and it’s annoying but also to your benefit if you do what they suggest.

They know you better than you know yourself– They can see the things in you that you’re not able to but in telling you- you become more self-aware.

They just want you to be healthy and happy- All a parent ever wants is their child to have a full and happy life. If that’s their aim- everything they say and do is intended to move you towards that destination of keep you there.

They’re proud of all your achievements- They probably still have your first drawing stashed away somewhere and a picture of you holding your degree on the wall. They congratulate you on every highlight of your life.

Their politeness is infectious- And it makes you realize there are some traditions that should still be upheld- like holding the door open for the next person, letting an older person take the seat on the bus and looking up from your phone when someone’s talking to you.

They raised you- They invested time, money, love, patience and effort in making you the person you are today and probably made many sacrifices in the process.

They won’t be around forever- Don’t ever take them for granted because one day they won’t be here- so make the most of every second you spend with them.

Our parents are our greatest gifts. Don’t wait any longer! Time is precious 🙂

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Milestone Service Project

Authored by: Caitlin Adams, Case Manager

On July 9th Milestone participants and staff all came together at the Sandy homes to participate in yard cleanup and staining the outdoor stairs. Our second Sandy home was recently painted by the Good Shepard Lutheran church and now the stairs have a fresh coat of stain to match.


Almost every single Milestone participant showed up for this service project which made the work go quickly and also gave all of the Milestone participants a great sense of pride and teamwork!


The Milestone Program strives to directly connect service projects with the places these young adults live, so they may learn to take care of their living space and also feel a great sense of accomplishment.

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Salt Lake County Youth Services Opened a New Location in West Jordan!

Authored by: Gina Percival, Public Relations Coordinator

Salt Lake County Youth Services South Office has moved from Riverton to Oak Park Place, 8781 South Redwood Rd. Building #3 in West Jordan, UT 84088. The office number is 385-468-4610. Business hours are Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.

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Youth in crisis may come with or without parents or through a law enforcement officer to any of our two locations for counseling. Youth who have committed a status offense or delinquent act not meeting detention guidelines, runaway, truancy, substance abuse, curfew violation and ungovernable youth receive treatment.  Our services include:

  • Juvenile Receiving Center — Crisis counseling, referrals to community agencies and short term placement for youth ages 8 to 17. Free of charge. No appointment is required.
  • Family and Teen Counseling — Short– and Long-term therapy offered. Youth can meet with therapist alone or with the family. Short- term consultation is free of charge.
  • Substance Abuse Treatment- We accept Medicaid and Uninsured.
    • Day Treatment Substance Abuse — serves up to 8 youth ages 14-17. Includes education, skill building groups, counseling, family support and service opportunities.
    • General Substance Abuse Treatment — plans are individualized and may include counseling, family counseling, life skills group, recreational therapy group and case management.
  • Mental Health Treatment- Short– and Long-term mental health therapy is offered. We accept Medicaid and Uninsured.

Our main office located at 177 West Price Avenue, South Salt Lake City, 84115 is operating, with the Juvenile Receiving Center open 24/7.

Salt Lake County Youth Services mission is to provide safety, shelter and support to children, youth and their families in need. The agency offers over 15 services including substance abuse treatment, residential shelter care for youth 0 to 18, after-school programs, short and long-term individual and family counseling, juvenile receiving centers, and resources for homeless youth. For more information visit: www.slco.org/youth, or contact our main office at 385-468-4500.

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Hug Your Kids Day

Authored by: Erin Dixon, Group Home Supervisor

There are snuggly wuggly benefits for hugging our kiddos!


Monday July 17th is recognized as Global Hug Your Kid Day!  Today, I am grateful to be a part of a global community that understands that not only is a hug is worth to celebrate, but that all our kiddos as well!

In preparing to write this blog I wanted to make sure that I was informed on the legitimate, medically proven benefits of hugs and snuggles, so of course I went straight to a Google Search.

I was pleased to find so many sources that complimented my investigation.  Some of the articles focused on the stress-reducing, health-related benefits of hugging, while others touched on the mental health benefits.  Hugging is essential for bonding, for  fighting off common colds, and to make people feel better.

The basic science is a little like this:


It blows my mind to think that with something so easy I can medically improve not only my kiddo’s well-being, but mine as well! With so many benefits, why would we NOT hug more?

As parents and caregivers we have made a commitment to keep our kiddos alive, safe, and happy. Now we are sure that our bodies are designed to support life by simply wrapping our arms around our children and giving them a big squeeze!


Our global community has designated the 3rd Monday of every July as Global Hug Your Kid Day, so today I challenge you to hug your kid.  Hug your kid, hug your dog, hug your neighbor if they will let you, and take advantage of that good feel domino effect!

Happy week to all!! Snuggle away!

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Making Summer Count For Kids

Authored by: Danielle Latta, Afterschool Program Manager

pic3Across the nation there is a lot of talk going on around “The Summer Slide” and “The Learning Gap”.  Do you know what this really means?  For more than 25 million low-income public school students, summer is often anything but a vacation and is often a time when children and their families struggle to find and afford food to eat and a safe place to be.  According to the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), every summer, low-income youth lose two to three months in reading while their high-income peers make slight gains.  Research shows that while gaps in student’s achievement remain relatively constant during the school year, they usually widen significantly during the summer.


Youth Services has risen to meet the needs of communities in Salt Lake County to ensure that youth have access to high quality summer programs.  At our four sites, youth come to learn, explore and play throughout the summer in a safe, supervised and structured environment.  Our staff act as a role model and with their listening ears and open hearts, are building meaningful relationships with the youth.  Meals are served through our partnerships with Granite School District and Utah Food Bank.  Learning is happening throughout the day doing community service, daily reading and field trips.

This is all possible because of our caring staff, administration and partners.  Financially, the programs are supported through Utah State Office of Education, Department of Workforce Services Office of Childcare, United Way and Salt Lake County.  Space is donated through Granite School District, Magna Library and Magna Senior CenterVolunteers of America and Aspen Ridge Counseling have brought in excellent prevention curriculums at no cost.  These efforts could not happen without the collaboration of many, and we are so grateful for the support we are given in so many ways.


Summer Learning Day on July 13th, is celebrated throughout the nation which brings awareness and advocacy to ensuring that all children have access to high-quality summer learning experiences to help.


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