By Frank Lockwood
HERMISTON In a new approach to dealing with juvenile crime, youth are capping off their rehabilitation programs by recruiting community and business elders, who are asked to work together with the younsters to do good deeds.
In Hermistons first such community service project, an 18-year-old woman asked business people to help her by painting the public restrooms at Butte Park. The girl has since moved away and enrolled in programs to complete her high school education. After that, she wants to go to college.
Her Hermiston Butte project was the culmination of a behavior program known as ACIS, Adolescent Conduct Intervention Services.
Youth who fight, rob, use illegal drugs and violate other peoples rights need their thinking challenged, says the behavior specialist and therapist Jeff Winfree.
Spearheaded by Umatilla County Mental Healths Paul Pigulski, a county program ... (For the full story please see the July 24, 2001 issue of the Hermiston Herald.)