“I’m so happy about the education opportunities,” Harmon said. “A lot say they’re glad they got in here in the first place because they wouldn’t have continued education otherwise.”
The students are also involved in the 40 Development Assets Group, where a unit counselor, psychologist and a member of the education staff facilitate group members by looking over 40 different assets needed to become a successful adult.
The 40 Development Assets Group meets twice a week for eight weeks and includes a different topic each time.
“When they leave they’re really prepared,” Harmon said.
Ken Hine, counselor for the 40 Development Assets Group, also encourages those in the group to do a good deed without being told and keep a journal on successes and things that weren’t as successful.
“The neatest thing is to see these kids take charge,” Hine said. “They really want that responsibility.”
Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosAES.