Seminar to discuss issues youth face

Published 11:25 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2015

An upcoming seminar will discuss the problems today’s youth face and address ways to deal with those issues.

The Dallas County Compass Networks of Services: Youth Risks and Redemption Seminar will be held June 19. The free seminar will not only address issues facing today’s youth like drug and alcohol abuse but also offer solutions. Participants will also gain information about current happenings in the Dallas County Juvenile Court system.

“They’re going to learn ways they can get involved in the Dallas County Juvenile Court system and about the youth in the community,” said Ashley Sparks-Colburn, program director of the Dallas County Juvenile Intensive Supervision program. “It’s really about helping our youth succeed.”

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Judge Robert Armstrong III, Lt. Mike Reese of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board and Lauri Cothran of the Central Alabama Regional Advocacy Center will deliver speeches at the seminar.

They will provide knowledge ranging from drug prevention to child abuse and much more. Sparks-Colburn believes the topics discussed will help not only the youth, but the community as a whole.

“They will be more informed and motivated by our great speakers, as well as being around like-minded individuals who really care about what’s happening in our community,” she said.

That’s why Sparks-Colburn said the seminar is open to everyone and anyone who works with children, and anyone who wants to know more about what’s going on in the juvenile court system.

“We’re trying to open it to the public, so that everybody knows what’s going on and to get everybody involved,” she said.

“It really means a lot to not only the courts involved, but to the kids knowing people care enough about them to learn what they need to do to help means a lot.”

The seminar will be held at the Central Alabama Farmer’s Co-Op’s auditorium. Registration for the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m.

For more information, call the juvenile probation office at 874-2556.