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Ohio Leaders Brave Blizzard to Help Teens
by SUSAN RICHARDSON

Despite snow, ice, fog and temperatures around 15 degrees on January 25, nearly 70 leaders interested in juvenile justice reform, adolescent substance abuse treatment, public policy and philantropy gathered at the Columbus Foundation in Columbus, Ohio, to learn about Reclaiming Futures, a proven model for helping teens break the cycle of drugs, alcohol and crime.

We were joined by Harvey Reed, Director of Ohio Department of Youth Services, to discuss how to unite probation officers, judges, substance abuse treatment professionals and community members to help teens in the justice system.

The following counties expressed interest in the technical assistance, training, webinars, leadership institutes, fellowship support and coaching available to members of the Reclaiming Futures community:

  • Coshocton
  • Franklin
  • Henry
  • Logan
  • Marion
  • Perry
  • Pickaway
  • Drake

We'd like to thank our host, The Columbus foundation, and special guests, the Akron Community Foundation.

Please call (503) 725-8911 to learn more about getting teens get the help they need through Reclaiming Futures.

Pictured from left to right Christine Raffaele, Anthony Jarrell, Charlotte McGuire, Stephanie Nelson, and Rhonda Robinson.

 


Susan Richardson is national executive director for Reclaiming Futures. Formerly, she was a senior program officer in the health care division of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in North Carolina, where she led a three-year effort involving the state's juvenile justice and treatment leaders to adopt the Reclaiming Futures model by juvenile courts in six North Carolina counties. She received her B.S. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.