Youth Rehabilitation Center Hails Students’ Successes

 Recently, the V.I. Department of Human Services (DHS), Youth Rehabilitation Center (YRC) hailed the successes of six residents who completed high school. The six young men participated in a structured educational setting and applied themselves to achieving high school diplomas or GED certification.
Commissioner Vivian Ebbesen-Fludd said, “We, at the department and undoubtedly the Youth Rehabilitation Center recognize the many challenges these youngsters face. Moreover, we are very serious about our mandate of rehabilitation as we continue to pursue avenues and opportunities to achieve our goals. We are committed to modifying the behaviors of these youths and to mold them to realize positive outlooks in their lives. Juvenile delinquency in the territory is simply too high, and strategies to prevent and intervene are systematically examined and updated. Any approach to counter juvenile delinquency must be as practical and relevant to how we live as a people.”
Of the six who completed high school, half were residents of St. Thomas. Two of them attended St. Croix Central High School, three were Adult Education graduates, and one received his G.E.D. Some of the students were also recipients of academic awards. The young men are also pursuing opportunities in academics, vocational and military careers.
“It takes a very special individual to look beyond their faults and mistakes, and to address their needs to help them turn their lives around,” said Linnea Hector, acting director for treatment and programs.
The Youth Rehabilitation Center has an educational component which is required by law. In fiscal year 2015, the DHS in collaboration with the V.I. Department of Education expanded and enhanced its educational component available to residents of YRC.
The subjects the students studied include English, math, science, history, speech, auto mechanics and barbering. The teachers at YRC are highly qualified in varied disciplines to include special education. A social worker and residential counselor are assigned to the center.
Deputy Commissioner for Juvenile and Prevention Services Arthur A. Joseph Sr. said, “To improve the quality of life for the juvenile population in our care, we must design programs specifically for treatment, prevention and education. This is our focus. This is our plan.”
“Our improvements are measurable, guarded and timely. We are proud of our students’ accomplishments as we believe in their potential. We are committed to second chances as well as to their futures,” said Ebbesen-Fludd.

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