SC DJJ Opens New Center to Get At-Risk Youth Ready for Jobs - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

SC DJJ Opens New Center to Get At-Risk Youth Ready for Jobs

Posted: Updated:

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice cut the ribbon Tuesday on a new center that will get at-risk youth ready to get jobs. The Job Readiness Training Center will teach life and job skills to youth ages 12 to 18 who are behind the fences at DJJ, on probation or parole or in committed status, and other youth as part of the agency's prevention and intervention efforts.

"Not to send them away and say, ‘Go out and find that job. We've made you hopefully productive enough to do that.' But we're going to actually connect you with that job in Dillon County, or Oconee County. We're going to find that plumber. We're going to find that electrician. We're going to find the carpenter or the auto mechanic fellow who can take you on as an apprentice," said DJJ Director Margaret Barber.

The JRTC will teach "soft skills", like attitude, responsibility, communication, problem solving, résumé and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, dressing for success, and personal grooming.

While the center is located in Columbia, it's rigged for video conferencing.

After helping cut the ribbon on the building, Gov. Nikki Haley said, "What you may see is a small room here, but the ability to video conference into every community, rural and otherwise and connect with those kids and teach them a skill through video conferencing is really going to be historic for South Carolina. Because it's not just saying you have to come to Columbia to do this. This is allowing them to go and learn right there from where they are, within their community, within their support group."

Austin G., of Mt. Pleasant, is in a DJJ group home after getting into trouble with drugs. While at DJJ he's earned his high school diploma, and now he's already started classes at the new center.

He says of teens who get in trouble with the law,"Everybody puts us off. We feel like nobody cares. So when they have places like this open to people, when they have places like this open to students to come here and know that somebody cares, somebody actually wants to help them, that they'll give them everything they want, everything they need to succeed … that's all that we want."

  • North Charleston man sentenced to 24 years for burglaries

    North Charleston man sentenced to 24 years for burglaries

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:24:15 GMT
    On April 22, 2014, a Charleston County jury found 35 year old Shawndell Q. McClenton guilty two counts of First Degree Burglary and one count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
    On April 22, 2014, a Charleston County jury found 35 year old Shawndell Q. McClenton guilty two counts of First Degree Burglary and one count of Breaking and Entering a Motor Vehicle.
  • Police chase ends in crash, ends in shots fired

    Police chase ends in crash, ends in shots fired

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:55:19 GMT
    Police search for Wal-Mart robbery suspectPolice search for Wal-Mart robbery suspect
    Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a police chase began on I-26 at Ashley Phosphate Road.The chase ended when the stolen vehicle crashed on Hwy 78 at University Blvd across from Wanamaker Park.
    Around 2 a.m. Thursday, a police chase began on I-26 at Ashley Phosphate Road.The chase ended when the stolen vehicle crashed on Hwy 78 at University Blvd across from Wanamaker Park.
  • 2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    2 Your Health Raising a child with diabetes

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:55:08 GMT
    "You have juvenile diabetes." Not something you hear every day and not something you ever want your child to hear.
    "You have juvenile diabetes." Not something you hear every day and not something you ever want your child to hear.
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.