The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has honored the Management Training Corporation and county employee Richard Owsley for their work with local youth in trouble.

Clatsop County partnered with MTC to operate an eight-week summer work crew program involving 12 teens on probation. Owsley, the community service coordinator for the Juvenile Department, has run the program for the last two years. This was the fourth summer of the work crew program.

In addition, MTC employed two teens on probation and assigned them to work with the CEDC Fisheries Project this summer.

The youth earned money to pay toward court fines and restitution to their victims. They also learned responsibility, proper behavior and work ethics, Juvenile Department Director Georgia Stewart said. Without the program, the youth probably could not have found summer jobs.

On behalf of the Board of Commissioners, Stewart presented recognition awards to MTC Director Jill Elkins and Clatsop County Field Operations Manager Lisa Nyberg. Their plaques cited MTC as a partner committed to creating success for youth in Clatsop County.

"I cannot say enough about the positive attitude and energy that MTC brings to Clatsop County," Stewart said.

"The staff always finds a way to make a program work. MTC does not receive any administrative fee to run this program and, yet, it continues to be a great partner and work hard to create success for the youth of Clatsop County. Lisa Nyberg and Jill Elkins are tremendous assets for the county."

Richard Owsley, community service coordinator for the Juvenile Department, was recognized for his work with the program for the past two summers. Owsley supervises the work crews. He served in the military for 32 years.

"He is a strong leader for the youth. He not only models responsible behavior but teaches the crew members employment skills and shows them respect," Stewart said. "We are so fortunate to have Richard as our community service coordinator."

A teen-age boy on this summer's crew told the commissioners that the experience gave him better work ethics and structure in his life. He said Owsley was a role model for him.

MTC presented Owsley with a certificate of appreciation with a photograph of the youth work crew. His co-workers with the Juvenile Department gave him a cap with the Clatsop County logo and "Mr. O," his nickname from his kids. Stewart accepted the items on the behalf of Owsley, who is away on federal jury duty.

This summer's work crew completed 3,100 hours of community service within Clatsop County, including 1,946 hours maintaining and improving county parks. Youth who had court fines and restitution paid $7,630 toward those obligations.

Total for the four summers, the work crews have completed 10,753 hours of community service and paid back $20,028 to the community through restitution.

The summer work crew is funded with an Oregon Youth Conservation Grant. The Work Force Investment Act funded the two youths assigned to the Fisheries Project.

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