JCPC seeks group to help youth

Aug. 21, 2014 @ 05:34 PM

A committee of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Council will begin reviewing applications for case management programs in Vance County.

During the council’s monthly meeting Thursday, members granted the funding committee the authority to choose and allocate about $14,000 to a program helping local youth who have been diverted from or involved in the juvenile court system.

The county’s request for evidence-based ways to tackle repeat offenders and gang violence has been open to area organizations for about a month and ended last week.

Cindy Porterfield, the North Carolina Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice area consultant, said giving the committee the decision-making authority would expedite the granting process and allow the selected organization to start working as soon as possible.

The new counseling services will enhance juvenile case management in Vance County, now offered by Youth Villages’ Community Connections program, which lost some funding when money was redistributed to other areas of need in the district.

The organization, located in Durham, has sought funding elsewhere to continue serving families. Its application will be reviewed, as well.

Also during the meeting, Timothy Henderson was introduced as the new juvenile court counselor in Vance County.

Henderson said he has been in the youth development business in New York for about 25 years, working in the education and juvenile justice sectors.

He said he came to North Carolina to be closer to his family.

“I am happy to be in the county of Vance, serving its youth,” he said.

Henderson replaced Kim Butler, who was promoted to supervise the entire 9th District’s juvenile systems, which covers Vance, Warren, Granville and Franklin counties.

Butler was a longtime court counselor in Vance County.

“Over the last 23 years, I have seen kids come in the system that have needed our services and our help, and we have just tried to make sure they had the services they need,” she said.

In her new capacity, Butler manages six counties’ juvenile court counselors: Vance, Warren, Granville, Franklin, Person and Caswell.

She said it is her job to make sure counselors are adequately mentoring and advocating for troubled youth.

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