2015 Finalist Spotlight: Southwest Utah Youth Center

Posted by Lisa Martinek
July 22, 2015

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce Southwest Utah Youth Center in Cedar City, UT as one of the finalists for the 2015 Barbara Allen-Hagen Award in the detention/assessment category. The program was selected as a finalist for their improvement plan on increasing the volunteer programming in the facility.

The team at Southwest Utah Youth Center determined the youths could benefit most from having more community volunteers who share their talents and insight to help the facility continue to instill skills that will guide the youths to be successful. To get more volunteers, the team reached out to a local comedy group and a women’s crisis shelter who agreed to volunteer and encouraged them to come in on Friday mornings when the facility had the most idle time. The facility also holds a Volunteer Appreciation Night, where the volunteers are given cards from the youths.

Beth Clark, Site Coordinator at Southwest Utah Youth Center, explains “the major key to our success was our staff’s devotion to the improvement plan.” She further adds “through our amazing staff and the use of organization we have been able to witness a change in our youth through their positive response to the volunteers who so generously shared their time with us.”

The Barbara Allen-Hagen Award was established in 2007 to honor Barbara-Allen Hagen and her retirement from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Her dedication to improving the quality of life in facilities for young offenders has helped drive PbS to its current success. The award is given to a correction, detention/assessment and community program who best exemplify PbS’ commitment to treating all youths in custody as one of our own by developing and implementing strategic plans to change practices that results in positive outcomes for youths, staff and families.

Winners of the award will be announced the night of the ceremony on Aug. 14, 2015. Stay tuned for more blogs about the finalists.

An outdoor gathering at Southwest Utah Youth Center

Group photo