Our F.E.T.C.H. and Building Skills programs each win a 2015 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award.
The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that enhance services for the community. NACo recognized F.E.T.C.H., a 6-week program that brings dogs into the Central Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center to assist in the rehabilitation process of high-risk youth, including those with special, emotional, behavioral, or mental health needs. The program helps youth understand basic dog ownership and teaches them positive reinforcement and behavior modification practices of dog training, which allows the youth to apply those practices to their own behavior. F.E.T.C.H. stands for Focused Educational Therapy with Compassion and Healing.
NACo also recognized Building Skills, which offers detained youth an opportunity to learn tangible skills, build a foundation for their future, and explore their interest and aptitudes in the construction industry. Participants learn to develop skills in heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, weatherization - which includes duct work, insulation, energy saving techniques, and water efficiency - and estimation. They also get background on the construction trade and learn about workplace safety. The program began in August, 2014 at the High Desert Juvenile Detention and Assessment Center and is a collaboration between the Probation Department and the San Bernardino County Superintendent of School’s ROP Program.