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Cache Valley Youth Center Named Finalist for the 2018 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is very pleased to announce Cache Valley Youth Center in Logan, UT as one of the finalists for the 2018 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention category. Cache Valley was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan focusing on helping youths to develop positive external supports in the community. They used a number of different approaches to reach their goal of 100% of youths reporting that they have at least one person at home or in the community they will talk to when they need to talk or need help working out a problem.

Cache Valley Youth Center worked on improving communication with youth and their families. This allows youths to more easily identify people in the community that they can talk to when they are having problems. It also improves the relationship between staff and families. Team members provide updates and answer questions which enables the families to feel validated and that they have a voice in the process.

Their team has done an exceptional job at finding opportunities to seek a safe avenue for youth to identify and talk to people the youth trust in the community when they are released from detention, including calling a trusted team member at the facility.

Programs like yoga give the youths an opportunity to feel comfortable and talk about pressing issues. Gaining trust in the team, youths are more likely to share, identify, and talk about personal concerns, and are also more likely to reach out after release if they need support. Team members are always looking for an opportunity to help the youth identify adults in their life they can trust with their fears and worries.

Incorporating community partners in activities and programs also gives youth more opportunities to identify individuals in their community as supports. Team members also take every opportunity to counsel with youth regarding individuals in their own lives that they can talk to when they are having problems.

The team at Cache Valley Youth Center has been developing and working on this improvement plan for a year now and continues to learn how to best help youths develop social supports in preparation for their release.

The PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara Allen-Hagen and her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Her dedication to improving the quality of life in facilities for young offenders has helped drive PbS to its current success. The award is given to a correction, detention/assessment and community program who best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own by developing and implementing strategic plans to change practices that results in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

Winners of the award will be announced the night of the ceremony on Aug. 3, 2018. Stay tuned for more blogs about the 2018 finalists.

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Cache Valley Youth Center Team

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