Boys and Girls Clubs launches new program to help at-risk teens

Posted October 4, 2012 8:21 pm | Filed under Local News

Just a week away from completing his first year as the new Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of York County, David Carriker says things are heading in the right direction for the agency that provides after school programs for hundreds of York County children.

Carriker says when he came on board in October of 2011, there were a number of issues plaguing the non-profit, from dwindling funding to staff spread across several campuses.

Carriker says today things are looking better.

Carriker says its clear though enrollment figures that word is getting out that parents have faith in the Clubs.

The new pilot program involves collaboration with the court system, the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice to help high-risk teens get back on the road to success. Carriker says it is a joy watching the students self-police themselves.

Carriker said he’s had the chance to sit down with several students and discuss their life goals — like one girl who shared her life goals — but didn’t exactly know how to get there.

Carriker says the agency has consolidated two middle school Clubs into a Teen Center, partnering with 16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett to provide a new early intervention resource for teens needing extra attention.