We had the privilege to attend the groundbreaking ceremony yesterday for the Weber Multi-use Youth Center we have designed and for which construction will start shortly.
A wishing well was on display at the ceremony. The well was built by some of the youth in the system at the Millcreek center. They also had several youth write down their ‘wishes’ which were put on coins and distributed to those in attendance to put into the wishing well. What the Division of Juvenile Justice Services does will help these wishes come true and this new center will help them do that.
This has been a fulfilling project to be a part of for so many reasons. We are grateful to help the Division of Juvenile Justice Services fulfill their mission - which they outline as "to be a leader in the field of juvenile justice by changing young lives, supporting families and keeping communities safe"
Facts about the new Weber Valley Multi-Use Youth Center:
· This new Youth Center will serve at-risk and delinquent youths.
· Five residential housing units will provide safe home-style living for up to 64 youths, which will enhance therapeutic and rehabilitative services while improving operational efficiency
· Replaces the aging Weber Valley Detention Center in Roy, which opened in the mid-1960’s
· Consolidates five program services into one location to better serve youths, families and allied agencies. The program areas include: detention (48 beds), early intervention services, observation and assessment, case management, and transition for youths returning to the community.
· Will include six school classrooms, as well as a gymnasium, library and arts and crafts rooms.
· Design and building materials will meet the State of Utah’s High-Performance Building Standards and both interior and exterior elements are energy efficient
· Approximate size: 63,000 square feet
· The Youth Center should be complete in the Fall of 2017