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TRAILS Ministries starting new DOVE program for at-risk youth

Nicholas Vercilla

Story Courtesy of: Beaver County Times

BEAVER FALLS − TRAILS Ministries, located at 918 Seventh Ave., will soon be starting a new program to help at-risk youth in the county.

It is called the DOVE program. It stands for Diversion, Occupation, Vocation and Education.

Kolbe Cole, who will be the program director, said this program is meant to help any at-risk youth in the county, who are in any county program, such as the Juvenile Justice System and Children, Youth, and Family Services (CYS).

Cole said the 15-week program will be used to help redirect their future trajectory, into a positive one, and to see themselves succeed.

She said DOVE will feature both day and night programming.

In the day, participants will get advisement on their education, through their schools, in order to avoid truancy or absenteeism.

In the evening/night, participants will work on job readiness skills, setting up a career path, and receive on-the-job training. For this programming, TRAILS is looking to partner with different groups, such as the PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR).

Cole said youth in the community can be referred to the program through their social service organizations, through their schools, or by speaking with TRAILS Ministries officials. TRAILS Ministries can be reached at (724) 891-7541.

She said TRAILS will provide transportation, and said it is the agency’s goal to give the participants the energy and direction they need in order to feel positive about their lives, move in a positive direction, and feel like they can live successfully in the county.

Cole said she is humbled to help create and be a part of a program such as this, stating she has been praying for a program like this in the county every since she started college.

TRAILS Ministries is currently seeking positions for the program, including two full-time facilitators, a part-time occupational therapist, and an administrative assistant. Those interested can email a letter of interest and a resume to r.hosey@trailsministries.org.

Nicholas Vercilla is a staff reporter for the Beaver County Times. He can be reached at nvercilla@gannett.com.

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