Youth offenders rally for food drive

Division of Juvenile Justice youth offenders helped move heavy loads of food during a recent food drive.

Division of Juvenile Justice youth offenders helped move heavy loads of food during a recent food drive.

By Kathryn Henne, Parole Agent, Victim Services
N.A. Chaderjian Youth Correctional Facility and O.H. Close YCF

The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) youth recently gave back to the community by assisting with a food drive in San Joaquin County.

The youth from O. H. Close Youth Correctional Facility (YCF) and N. A. Chaderjian YCF unloaded a large truck full of heavy containers of food donated by Safeway. The donation will assist people in need and local charities.

Four DJJ youth worked diligently throughout the food drive to help the San Joaquin County Victims of Violent Crimes Group.

The food will be given away to local disadvantaged crime victims, the San Joaquin County Child Abuse Division and other charities.

Why do the youth work so hard in giving back to the community? One reason is to perform the charitable act in honor of their victims. Another reason, according to youth offender Esteban, is, “to be the citizen I was supposed to be out there.”

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