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GUEST COLUMN: Aging is the Department of Youth Services' business, too! Elders play important role in supporting, mentoring youth
May 20, 2016 By Harvey Reed, Director Ohio Department of Youth Services
Harvey Reed, Director of the Ohio Department of Youth Services, encourages you to make aging your business by volunteering to help youth and strengthen communities.
The Ohio Department of Youth Services (DYS) is the juvenile corrections system for the state of Ohio. DYS is statutorily mandated to confine felony offenders, age 10 to 21, who have been adjudicated and committed by one of Ohio's 88 county juvenile courts.
DYS reaches thousands of youth in Ohio. Beyond youth in DYS facilities and those on parole, DYS funds and supports 664 community programs throughout the state offering more than 88,000 youth (based on annual program admissions) opportunities and services to impact positive change. These range from prevention and diversion programs to residential treatment and community treatment in areas such as mental health, sex offending and substance abuse.
The agency is always looking for adult volunteers and mentors to impact youth in the facilities and on parole in the community. Not sure of how you can help? Call our volunteer hotline at 614-466-9318 or visit our www.DYS.ohio.gov. Our volunteer coordinator will work to determine a good fit for you and provide training so that you are well-prepared. Volunteers can reap great rewards knowing that they have made a positive impact on the life of youth!
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The Ohio Department of Aging is celebrating Older Americans Month with the theme: "Aging. It's Everybody's Business." All month long, we are turning our blog over to our many and various partners, from our sister state agencies to organizations and individuals working every day in our communities to build a stronger Ohio for all generations.
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