Pictured is Dylan of Butler Independent Living. Dylan is a proud, creative, and dedicated young man. Dylan crochets and can make anything from hats, to scarfs, placemats, or dog leashes; you name it he can fulfill your order. Dylan recently placed some of his items at a local consignment store for purchase and is enjoying the journey of becoming a young entrepreneur. Check out Odds n’ Ends in New Castle for Dylan’s handmade items. Way to go Dylan!
Letter received by Megan’s supervisor.
I wanted to touch base with you about Megan Buehler.
I am so very happy and impressed with her interaction with Crystal*, I have met a few times with Megan and Crystal* together but today was particularly impressive. Crystal* can be trying at times and her mental health doesn’t always make it easy to interact. Megan is patient and a calming influence on Crystal*, at court today Crystal* stated to the Master that she appreciates and loves working with Megan and that she is helpful and she appreciates her.
I have been very lucky to have some very good caseworkers working with me from Justice Works and I believe that Megan is an asset to your agency.
Cheryl A Leddy MSW
Lehigh County Office of Children & Youth
Thank you Cheryl for the kind words. Megan, we appreciate your hard work and caring attitude to all the individuals you serve. Thank you for embracing the “Whatever It Takes” approach to supporting the community we serve!
Family Resource Specialist (FRS), Tiffany Nulph, of York County embarked on a two-year journey when assigned to work on a youth referral to assist *Debra in achieving her academic goals, securing a permanent home, and ultimately system discharge. The journey has not been easy as there were roadblocks along the way. As with many children in the child welfare and/or juvenile justice systems, Debra had been placed in various foster care homes due to her mother’s inability to care for her, and her father’s incarceration. Despite a rocky start, Debra began to show academic promise, was placed with a foster family that loved her and ultimately adopted her, and was accepted to a private school with no cost to the foster family. All of these achievements would not have been possible without the diligent work of Tiffany Nulph, who went above and beyond what was asked of her to assist this young lady in achieving her dreams. This is a shining example of JWYC making a difference in young lives.
We thank you, Tiffany, for being an exemplary employee of JusticeWorks YouthCare. Your diligence and determination in assisting this young lady are extraordinary and we are proud to have you on the JWYC team!
*Name has been changed for privacy.
Students at Compass Academy – Mt. Carmel decided to create an oath to become better, more positive students. We congratulate our hard-working Compass Academy students for taking advantage of their opportunity there. We applaud their commitment to becoming better students and citizens. Below is the Oath created by the students. For more information on their oath, please read the Compass Academy blog at http://www.compassmc.blogspot.com/
Butler Independent Living Specialist Maddy (Madeline) Miller identified a resource through Coldwell Bankers. Coldwell Banker Representative, Marian Miller had office furniture and equipment she was willing to donate to our Butler County Independent Living Program.
Three youth; Cullen, Quay, and Tayvon assisted Maddy, Errone (Cody), and Steven (Snow) with moving the items from a warehouse just north of Pittsburgh, into a moving truck and back to Butler to unload at our office. We filled a 17’ truck with office desks, cubicle walls/parts, office chairs, file cabinets, and much more. The youth were incredibly helpful in assisting us with getting our office set-up. The youth were motivated and showed great energy. Thank you so much for your assistance Cullen, Quay, and Tayvon. Your hard work and “muscle” was greatly appreciated! We also appreciate Ms. Marian Miller, the Coldwell Banker Representative that was willing to help furnish our new office here in Butler County! read more…
In 2012, Stanley was a 14yo male living with his parents and younger sister in rural York County. Stanley was on probation. While on probation, Stanley began to display a serious decline in school engagement. He was referred to the VIP® program. His worker was Sean Lazarus. Though initially guarded, Sean regularly worked with Stanley in developing self-esteem, communication and pro-social skills. Sean provided Stanley with a school planner and assisted him in organizing his academics. He worked on strengthening the communication between the family and the school by scheduling regular meetings to discuss Stanley’s performance. By utilizing on-line tutoring programs, improving organizational skills and empowering his parents to become more involved in their son’s school involvement, Stanley was able to improve his grades. In addition, Sean connected Stanley to the local library to satisfy the community service requirements. Stanley not only completed his required hours but continued to volunteer following his term on probation, citing his enjoyment of reading and providing landscaping work for the building. Towards the end of services, Sean sought to nourish Stanley’s hobby of art/drawing by involving him in York City’s downtown art organization. Stanley both attended workshops and volunteered for events. This elevated both his self-esteem as well as his cultural awareness. read more…