Bandera County would like to thank the Juvenile Probation Department for assisting with the cleaning and remodel of the entry way of Mansfield Park.
The juvenile probation department was approached by Commissioner Moseley to complete the project.
During the month of May, the juvenile probation department utilized 16 juveniles on probation currently in the TO:BNEWE program, which is a community based intervention, prevention, and diversion program operated by the juvenile probation office.
The program employs proven practices such as counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and outdoor experiential education as well as vocational skills including welding, woodworking, electrical, culinary, landscaping, painting, and gardening.
The intention of the program is to frontload the system in an effort to keep kids as shallow in the system as possible.
The project at Mansfield Park provided the opportunity to not only complete community service hours but to also engage the youth on probation in essential objectives taught in the TO:B-NEWE program including responsibility for actions, leadership, development in social skills (team work), rational decision making, communication skills, working through adversity, and taking pride in their community.
Throughout the project the youth also gained valuable vocational knowledge in woodworking, painting, and landscaping totaling 300 plus hours of community service and vocation programming.