The Ashe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council approved providing $85,516 in funds for four different programs and the administration of the county’s JCPC on Tuesday, April 22.
“First and foremost we have to provide for programs that are required for use,” said Grier Hurley, Chairperson of the ACJCPC. “Barium Springs and psychological (services) we have to have available, and mediation is a tool (the 23rd District) uses a lot.”
The JCPC will provide a $5,218 budget for its administrative costs. Project Challenge will receive $26,722, PAIRS (Promoting Adolescents through Individual Rel will receive $21,122, Barium Springs will receive $20,450 and Juvenile Mediation will receive $12,000.
All four programs received funding from the council last year as well.
Project Challenge is used by the Ashe County JCPC as community service work that can also be used to pay restitution to victims. The organization covers all four of the counties in the 23rd Judicial District, which also includes Alleghany, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.
Barium Springs, located in Iredell County, serves Ashe County by providing a group home, temporary shelter and psychological services for juveniles. Juvenile Mediation serves Ashe and nine other counties as a mediation service between children involved in crimes, as well as conflicts between the juveniles and their parents.
PAIRS is considered as a provision, as it only serves Ashe County’s five schools for the time being. PAIRS works in the mentoring department, and provides services for children in grades fourth through ninth.
The $768 reallocated to the Ashe County JCPC, was not requested by any of the programs in use by the council, Hurley said.
Last month, Project Challenge returned the funding back to the county after it had under-spent.
Upon approval, the Council agreed to use the $768 to provide funds allowing program providers to attend the 20th National Symposium on Juvenile Services from Oct. 19-23 in Greensboro.
According to a release, the event will be organized by the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Center for Youth in Custody, the National PREA (Prison Rape Enforcement Act) Resource Center, the N.C. Department of Public Safety and the N.C. Juvenile Services Association.
Several discussions will take place at the Symposium, including topics on community-based services, leadership issues and implementing and evaluating effective educational strategies for youth.
In other action taken by the Council:
• Updated on programs already funded by the Ashe County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council.
• Received an area consultant report from Linda Graney, who works as an area consultant for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
• Approved minutes from the Council’s March meeting.
• The next meeting of the Ashe County JCPC will be at noon on Tuesday, May 27.
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.