In Their Own Words
Working at Juvenile Detention for my internship has given me the opportunity to build on my knowledge about juveniles. This experience has taught me many things that I would not be able to learn in the classroom, and I have had the opportunity to work one on one with juveniles to help them in their future lives.
Having the opportunity to intern with the Greene County Juvenile Center has been a great experience. Everyone I got the chance to work with was extremely welcoming and helpful in every way. Especially, in regards to having me get involved in their meetings, do check-ins with the kids, help with R.A.D.A.R., and much more. I think the way they have it set up for interns to do different days with different units is helpful for the interns to learn about the juvenile system as a whole compared to just staying in their assigned unit.
I gained a lot of real world experience, but I learned that even though these kids have done bad things, they are still kids that need help.
[I liked] getting a chance to see what goes on at a juvenile office and getting to understand what each individual division does.
[The most important thing I learned about my internship was] that juveniles will continue to be delinquent until the root of the problem is fixed, which usually traces back to their families.
Everything here about this place is just so fantastic and fabulous that I feel I am equipped not just as an intern but also as a caregiver and a good healthy individual for the society. There is so much that I have learned that no other agency would ever be able to provide me. I was initially challenged whether I could be of any help more than whether I could get some help. But I learned that I could make a difference because I was the one that they valued.
I have no specific interests at this point. I feel I have got a chance to interact with everyone no matter what. I have been able to be part of the various groups that's within the Juvenile Office. I felt that my decision making skills have improved quite a lot and I needed to think what was always best for the client more than me. I loved the intake meetings, the adoption staffing and of course I just love the time I get to spend at Detention. The kids have taught me that they need love.
I enjoyed getting real world information and gaining knowledge in the abuse and neglect. I also enjoyed the freedom granted by my supervisor to explore different aspects of the unit.
I enjoyed the various things I was able to do. There were a lot of opportunities available such as teen court, GCYA, summer program, home visits and court.
I learned a lot about people. I never had really talked to anybody that has been in trouble with the law, so it was interesting to meet different people from different circumstances. I also learned more in depth about probation and how it is handled, and the different things going on with probation.
Were you an intern at the Greene County Juvenile Office? Would you like to be a part of our "Where Are They Now?" segment? Please contact Intern Coordinators, Cheryl Puzach or Allen Criger, for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!