New Metro Program Aimed At Helping Juvenile Offenders

By: The YMCA of Greater Omaha Email
By: The YMCA of Greater Omaha Email

The YMCA of Greater Omaha will announce the establishment of a new program aimed at providing services to juvenile offenders in high crime, high poverty areas of Omaha. The “Youth Opportunities Program” is designed to improve the long-term labor market prospects of high-risk youth, aged 14-18, who have been involved with the juvenile justice system within the past year.

This program is made possible by a $300,000 grant awarded by Spectrum Resources of Des Moines, whose goal it is to develop innovative career training systems for the unemployed, under-employed and hard to place workforces. The YMCA will collaborate with several other local non-profits and organizations to provide educational and vocational skills and support to better enable high-risk teens for a successful future.

Details about the “Youth Opportunities Program” will be revealed on Thursday, March 28, at 10:00 a.m. The event will be held at the YMCA Teen Center located at 4344 North 34th Avenue. Free parking will be available in front of the Teen Center.

Speakers will include:
-Todd Schmaderer (Chief of Police, Omaha Police Department)
-Leonard Romano (President & CEO, YMCA of Greater Omaha)
-Ericka Wiley (Chief Operations Officer, Spectrum Resources)
-Deon Herron (Juvenile Justice Program Director, YMCA of Greater Omaha)

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