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Press Release: Westfield Youth Assistance Expands to Noblesville

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Derek Todd

Email: dtodd@westfield.in.gov

Phone: 317-804-3013

January 7, 2013



Westfield Youth Assistance Expands to Noblesville

Westfield, IN - The Westfield Youth Assistance Program announced today that the program is expanding into Noblesville. The newly formed Noblesville Youth Assistance will begin in January 2013, identifying and accepting referred youth. A case worker will be located in Noblesville School's Administration Office.


Hamilton County Youth Assistance Director, Tricia Akers says, "We are so excited that after a year of planning we are able to offer a youth assistance program in Noblesville. We've seen the incredible positive influence the program has made in Westfield and are looking forward to making an impact in the lives of Noblesville youth."


A collaboration between the City of Noblesville, the Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judges and Noblesville School District, Noblesville Youth Assistance is looking for potential mentors and tutors to work directly with the children who are referred. Interested individuals are asked to register on the Hamilton County Youth Assistance website atwww.YouthAssistance.orgor call 317-804-3191.


In addition to the expansion into Noblesville, Hamilton County Youth Assistance has hired an additional case worker to assist with the Westfield Program. Christine Brown, a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Therapist, and former Program Director for Purdue University overseeing the youth program, Afternoons ROCK. Christine enjoys spending time with her husband, Andy her two sons, Adam and Ethan. She enjoys participating and watching all kinds of sports and spending time with friends and family. Christine says, "I am so excited to be a part of the Westfield Youth Assistance Program and I am so impressed with the Westfield Community and all the people that I have had the privilege of meeting". Christine is located in the Westfield City Services Center at 2728 E. 171st Street and can be reached at 317-804-3191 or christine.brown@hamiltoncounty.in.gov


Hamilton County Youth Assistance Program Backgrounder:


The Youth Assistance Program is a program created by the City of Westfield, the Westfield Washington Schools and the Hamilton County Probation Division, and the goal is to identify youth in need of assistance prior to becoming part of the growing juvenile and criminal justice system. The program identifies youth heading down the wrong path and provides treatment for the entire family, ultimately ensuring that the child begins heading down the right path. Although the youth are evaluated and treated based on specific needs, the treatment consists of, but is not limited to, a mentoring program, community volunteering involvement, family education, skill building tutoring programs and scholarship camps.


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