Program for troubled teens could close by summer

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Community Intensive Treatment for Youth program in Dothan has given students like David Grimsley a new beginning and the possibility of a brighter future.

"I probably would have been locked up into; I wouldn't have gotten my GED probably if this weren't here," said Grimsley.

Lacking roughly one-hundred-thousand dollars, CITY program could shut down completely, leaving students without a chance to get their GED and make a better life for themselves.

However, the potential closure will hurt more than just the students.

Houston Co. Juvenile Chief Probation officer, Angela Underwood, says "What we would have to do is look for alternative resources of course that's costing county time, they have to be placed outside of their homes or where they go from being productive, successful."

Underwood says closing of city would put more strain on the juvenile court system. Because of the program she has seen a change in numbers.

"Our numbers have dropped but that's because we're using local resources, we're alternative resources like C.I.T.Y program, big brothers home, girls home."

Shon Holton with C.I.T.Y says cuts are already being made with supplies. If funds do not come in the program could lose the only two teachers they have, but cutting them could cost more money in the long run.

"If we don't continue to work with the kids that we're working at this point then at some point we're going to be working with them at another level, possibly incarceration and it's going to cost tax payers in the state and increase the amount of money," said Holton.

Bobby Bright is scheduled to visit the school sometime in the future to talk with students about the program and possibly ways that he might help.

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