Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court Unveils Artwork by At-Risk Youth

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Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court program exposes at-risk youth to art opportunities in the Dayton community.

At-Risk youth create works of art through the Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court's HAALO Program

On Thursday, May 21, 2013, four new pieces of art were unveiled on East Third Street at Sears Street in downtown Dayton, Ohio. These master replicas were created by young people in the HAALO (Helping Adolescents Achieve Long-term Objectives) Program, a venture by the Montgomery County, Ohio Juvenile Court. This program is a partnership project between Montgomery County and a K-12 gallery in Dayton which focuses on young people who are Court-involved. The goal is to expose Court-involved youth to different mediums of art while also teaching them life skills that will assist them in being successful members of our community; from critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills to creativity, motivation, and patience, the therapeutic process of the HAALO Program has endless benefits for the young people involved.

In its third year, this program has been successful at generating artwork for the community, but more importantly, in helping young people learn that the choices they make have consequences in the future. They work alongside a local artist who guides them through the creative process and teaches them about the lives of the Great Masters as they recreate their artwork. The youth learn that great artists have had to struggle with the same kinds of difficulties and situations in their lives that the youth face today. Local Judges and attorneys support the program because it is showing signs of reducing recidivism for the young people involved. The HAALO partnership is successfully bringing art to the Dayton community!

For information on the HAALO Program, contact Brittini Long with the Montgomery County Juvenile Court at 937-496-6883 or blong@mcjcohio.org

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