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Diakon Youth Services Center Point Day Program named juvenile court judges’ statewide “community-based-program-of-the-year”

Harrisburg, Pa. (Saturday November 8, 2014)
Attending the banquet at which the Center Point Day Program received the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission's Community-Based-Program-of-the-Year Award were, back row, Michael Savario, Jeremias Garcia, Danielle Barnett, Michelle Tressler, and Corey Carothers; front row, Alex Thomas, Hassan Griggs, Heather Woodward, Marvin Butts, and Renee Buzulak.

The Center Point Day Program, an educational and vocational training program that serves as an alternative to traditional high schooling, has received the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges' Commission's Community-Based-Program-of-the-Year award.

The Diakon Wilderness Center-based program was recognized at the commission's annual conference Nov. 6.

"This recognition is attributed to the great many committed and passionate staff members who work every day to ensure the best possible service is provided to the children and families served through Center Point," says Corey Carothers, Diakon Youth Services executive director. "They should be very proud of what they continue to accomplish every day."

The Center Point program features individualized programming for students who struggle in a traditional school environment. Students choose from either a career and academic approach or a school-based focus. Both emphases include training and experience in vocational training and employment, family relationships and skills development, on-site drug and alcohol/mental health counseling, and therapeutic leadership development through adventure- and wilderness challenge-based activities. Vocational emphases include culinary skills, automotive mechanics, and horticulture.

The program has been very successful in enhancing students' abilities to function successfully at home, in family life, in educational settings, and at work. For example, based on outcomes data from January 2013 through April 29 of this year, students graduating from the program had significant average increases in measurements of their life-skills abilities including career planning, a 24% increase; daily living skills, 12% increase; money management, 24% increase; social relationships, a 14% increase; and work life, an 11% increase.

"Society benefits greatly when young people who historically have 'taken' through interactions with legal or child-welfare systems are taught how to give back through achieving gainful employment, coupled with vocational training or higher education. Center Point students tend not to perform well in the traditional classroom, but thrive when exposed to learning in which they are interested and that they perceive as affecting their future. As a result, Center Point and its partners are making a significant difference in young lives," adds Carothers.

The Center Point Day Program also was a finalist in the innovative program category of the Central Pennsylvania Business Journal's 2014 Non-Profit Innovation Awards.

For further information, please contact:
William Swanger, M.A., APR
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
(717) 795-0308
E-mail: swangerb@diakon.org

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