Wolf Administration Offers Work-Readiness Programs for Adjudicated Youth               DHS focuses on empowering youth to self-sufficiency  

HARRISBURG, PA – Department of Human Services (DHS) Acting Secretary Teresa Miller today visited Youth Forestry Camp 3 (YFC3), a 50-bed residential facility for adjudicated delinquent males in James Creek. In recent years, the camp has been focused on better preparing the individuals they serve for successful societal reentry, particularly in terms of employment.  

DHS has partnered with Tuscarora Intermediate Unit 11 (TIU11) to provide recognizable, industry-standard training, and certification to eligible youth through vocational programs in Welding Certification and the Ricoh Digital Literacy training and certification. Both certifications provide participating residents real-world certifications used to qualify for job opportunities upon release from YFC3. 

“Too often a shadow is cast on this group of individuals, whom have experienced trauma at some point in their young lives. The department is committed to supporting these youth toward independence to becoming productive, contributing citizens,” said Secretary Miller. “Employment gives us all a sense of purpose and identity, and these youth are no different. Programs like YFC3 provide the necessary, individualized rehabilitation for youth to make positive changes for their future.”

All programs within the YFC system are Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) affiliates. The department is focused on ensuring delinquent youth receive appropriate academic, career, and technical training opportunities through committed affiliate partnerships with residential, community-based and post-placement providers.

In addition to work-ready certifications, YFC3 has multiple rehabilitation programs for youth ranging from drug and alcohol treatment, cognitive therapy, and community service programs. The department is committed to providing a system of individualized treatment services that values strong child, family and community partnerships to promote competency development and victim awareness to the youth entering rehabilitation.

“It is critical that we continue to provide real life opportunities to these individuals as they work toward bettering their future upon release. The work being done at YFC3 to prepare these youth is a testament to our mission at DHS to empower the individuals we serve to be self-sufficient. Every youth throughout Pennsylvania should be given the tools necessary to thrive and succeed.” said Secretary Miller.

For more information on YFC3 and DHS visit www.dhs.pa.gov.                    MEDIA CONTACT: Rachel Kostelac, 717-425-7606