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Youth Alternatives 50th Year

Updated: Oct 22, 2021

Last Friday night, Youth Alternatives celebrated their 50th year of providing services to the youth of Laramie County. The event was held at Little America and also gave recognition to all of the organization's many volunteers, staff, and this year's scholarship recipients. Municipal Court Juvenile Judge, Ron Jeffery, was the keynote speaker, and recounted the history of the organization and the impact it has had on the community. I attended the event representing the Sheriff's Office and as the Captain overseeing the Juvenile Services Center (JSC). The JSC and Youth Alternatives have a long standing relationship, working together to provide services to the community's youth. The JSC operates a 8-bed (4 female and 4 male beds) Youth Crisis Center where children can stay when they need a break from family issues at home, as well as other circumstances where it is beneficial for the youth to take a timeout. The youth still attend school and also participate in counseling sessions with Youth Alternatives staff when warranted. Jay Sullivan is the current Director of Youth Alternatives and he took a moment to visit with the JSC Crisis Care Coordinator, Jamie Eaton, and me. (see picture) What a great evening honoring a wonderful organization.

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