Arise Youth Center gets kids back on track - KOTA Territory News

Arise Youth Center gets kids back on track

Getting kids back on the right track. That's the mission of the Arise Youth Center in Rapid City.

They partner with Pennington County and Lutheran Social Service to help at–risk youths.

The facility has 8 to 10 beds and provides services for kids ages 10 to 17.

Program manager Staci Jonson said they make an evaluation based on the child's history and current problem.

They then try to figure out the best place to get the child help outside of the court system.

"What we are able to do is work with youths. We find the resources to plug them into the community, and keep them connected with their home, school, working with their counselor, or other resources that exist in the Rapid City community,” Jonson said.

Joe Guttierez, commander of the Juvenile Detention Center, said he tries to give them as many options to put in their toolbox to make better choices when they leave.

"We try to do as many programs hours as we can to help educate the juveniles that do come to the center to help them understand that there's a different way to do things," Guttierez said.

Jonson said since opening last year, they've served about 80 kids. And of those 80 kids, a majority has had a successful outcome.

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518 St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD 57701

Telephone: 605.342.2000
Fax: 605.342.7305

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