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New center opens in Van Nuys for troubled youths

May 26, 2010 |  8:14 pm

Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky opened a new facility in Van Nuys on Wednesday, part of an effort to keep troubled youths out of the county’s system of detention camps and halls.

The Juvenile Day Reporting Center, the first of its kind in the county, will provide after-school programs to more than 100 minors each year. The children scheduled to attend are already under the supervision of the Probation Department and face possible incarceration because of new offenses or probation violations.  

The youths will undergo 10-week programs aimed at teaching good decision-making and literacy. The center will also offer parents classes to help them change destructive behavior by their children, including alcohol and drug use, gang affiliation, truancy, family conflict, violence and running away.

The facility was funded with $1 million from Yaroslavsky’s discretionary fund, money available to each of the county's five supervisors to spend on staff, programs and other matters without bringing the item to a vote before the board. 

-- Garrett Therolf