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Data collected by national mentoring experts indicates that at-risk youth who have access to positive relationships with adults are far less likely to abuse drugs and/or alcohol. The Juvenile Service Council (JSC), a non-profit group organization, was started more than 30 years ago to interact with El Dorado County Juvenile Hall residents so as to have a positive impact on these children’s future choices. Our message is that poor decisions can be overcome and anyone can move forward to a brighter, more productive and positive future. JSC members conduct activities with the kids twice a month at the facility, where our primary goal is to provide general support and guidance, but we also engage them in projects that benefit the community, such as creating Christmas, Easter and Valentine cards which are given to area convalescent home residents. The JSC also assists in obtaining GEDs, pays for clothing and educational materials upon release as needed and has a recognition program for academic achievements.
Although JSC members volunteer of their time and resources, it is not without the support and generosity of several individuals and local businesses that we are able to accomplish so much. With that in mind, we would like to acknowledge and express gratitude to the following, who have over the years partnered with the JSC to encourage the adolescents that we serve to feel better about themselves and life’s possibilities.
Thanks to Home Depot for donating an awesome barbeque, apples and apple products from Barsotti’s, Apple Orchards, Rainbow Orchards and Boa Vista, performances by the Jackson family band and Jim “the Juggler” Hughes, informational presentations by Teri Lillywhite from the El Dorado Union High School District Regional Occupational Program, and of course the Reverend Bob Olmstead, who always tells the Christmas story.
Lastly, if you or someone you know is over the age of 18 and would like to volunteer, or you simply wish to make a donation, please contact me at 530-409-8646 for more information.
President, Juvenile Services Council