Success Stories

Jess

Juvenile Supervision Center

I began working with Jess when she was brought to the Juvenile Supervision Center (JSC) for fare evasion. It was the end of the school year and both Jess and her mother agreed that it would benefit Jess to stay busy and engaged in positive activities throughout the summer.

I referred Jess to the YWCA Girls RAP program where she participated in girl’s empowerment groups twice a week at the local YWCA. Through this program, Jess was also able to take several trips out of state to visit college campuses over the summer.

She successfully graduated from the program and earned a yearlong membership to the Y.

Jess also participated in weekly activity at The Link where we held various groups based on youth interest. Groups included gardening, cooking, crafts and a trip to a Lynx basketball game. Jess also spoke on a youth panel for The Link in front of a group from the National League of Cities when they were in Minneapolis. She has continued to find ways to engage with The Link even since successfully completing our case management program. She applied for and now holds a spot on our Insight Committee, where youth gain leadership experience while advising The Link on important issues for the agency.

While working together, Jess expressed an interest in a career in law enforcement. I provided her with information on the Minneapolis Police Explorers program and brought her to an open house they held for new recruits. Jess recently applied, interviewed and was accepted into the program. Jess reports she is excited to begin her weekly training and learn the skills needed to be successful in the law enforcement field.

As for the citation that brought Jess to the JSC in the first place, I assisted her in getting to court and she was issued a continuance by the Judge. Jess remained law abiding for the next six months, and the citation was removed from her record.

With support from case management, Jess has been able to engage in programming that has helped her to focus on her interests and future goals. Jess now has a wider network of supports to help encourage her stay on track and is better prepared to deal with the challenges she will encounter while achieving her goals.