Through the Eyes of a Child Teaches How to Help Troubled Youth

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GERING, Neb. - (KNEP) - Those looking to help adolescent youth who are in the system create a better life for themselves got a chance to hear from the Through the Eyes of a Child initiative.

The initiative made a stop to Scotts Bluff County after going to Norfolk to allow others to learn about the resources and to find a way to help those in trouble.

Throughout the day, members of the community, CASA and other social service industry-based jobs heard from those who are working first hand with the youth. The idea was to allow them to see how to talk to them.

From a panel, various members talked about finding a common ground which included communication. It can be overwhelming for someone in the system but if you show they have a voice and can talk to you, it may come easier for them.

There are many areas where the system falls short and as one member of the panel states, the appellate court may take too long. Others voiced concerns about not having the funding in the school system to work with students on an individual basis.

Overall, the program helped those in attendance find a common ground with the troubled youth and work with them to find ways to increase their self-worth and turn their life around.

A panel member added it’s about remaining active rather than re-active. Those in attendance all agreed that if you could start helping kids out at a younger age it could help greatly in their future.