By Joe Orlando, CDCR Public Information Officer
Looking to get a feel for life in a youth conservation camp, Univision KUVS reporter Sergio Flores spent two days profiling the Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp (YCC). Most of the interviews he conducted were in Spanish.
His first visit in June focused on Pine Grove juvenile offenders doing fire training in El Dorado County. He interviewed one of the team leaders and CDCR Fire Camp Captain Jorge Santana.
On his second visit in early July, Flores spent a full day at Pine Grove YCC. A Parole Agent transported a youth to the bank so he could open his first account, all while Flores was there to cover the story.
He visited the housing unit, talked to several juvenile offenders about their time in the camp and discussed how their hard work was helping to prepare them for the future.
In Spanish and in English, he interviewed the Pine Grove kitchen staff and also the kitchen administrator. Soon after, one of the four crews, just back from an overnight fire call, sat down for a late lunch.
Flores then traveled with one of the crews to a training site where he interviewed a Cal Fire Captain about the importance of the camp for the offenders’ rehabilitation and future success.
Finally, Flores interviewed Pine Grove YCC Superintendent Mike Roots, who explained it is an honor to be chosen to work the camp and what it means for a youthful offender to be selected.
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