Juvenile Justice Services Opens New Weber Valley Youth Center
A ribbon cutting was held Friday to mark the opening of the new Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Weber Valley Youth Center 1305 South 700 West in Ogden, Utah.
The new Weber Valley Youth Center consolidates eight program services (five buildings) from the Ogden/Weber area: early intervention programs, secure detention, case management, school classrooms, and transitional support for youths returning to the community.
OGDEN, Utah (May 18, 2018) – High risk youth often see a lot of closed doors: one slamming after a domestic argument, one firmly shut for yet another meeting with the school principal or sadly, for some, the clang of a jail cell. With the new Weber Valley Youth Center, we are closing the doors on five facilities and programs, while opening the door to a new way of delivering services to at-risk and delinquent youths—one that balances the needs of the youth and those who care for them, focuses on positive development and creates efficiencies in service delivery.
On May 18, the Ogden area celebrated opening doors and creating opportunities for troubled youth with the formal ribbon cutting of the new Weber Valley Youth Center in Ogden.
This multi-functional facility is a nation-leading model for a youth correctional facility that fosters more family connections, reduces trauma and provides access to a broad array of supportive services in one location. The facility consolidates 8 program services (five buildings) from the Ogden/Weber area: early intervention programs, secure detention, case management, school classrooms, and transitional support for youths returning to the community. The $20 million facility was built with taxpayer investment and in partnership with local community leaders.
This Building Improves Lives
The Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) Weber Valley Youth Center in Ogden, Utah, serves at-risk and delinquent youths. Services include home and locked detention (24 beds), early intervention programs, case management and transitional support for youths returning to the community.
- Five residential housing units provide a safe, trauma-informed living environment, which will enhance therapeutic and rehabilitative services while improving operational efficiency
- Replaces the aging Weber Valley Detention Center in Roy, which opened in the mid-1960’s
- Consolidates five program services into one location to better serve youths, families and allied agencies; the program areas are detention, early intervention services, observation and assessment, case management, and transition for youths returning to the community
- Has an approximate footprint of nearly 65,000 square feet
- Includes a total of six school classrooms, and 7,200 square feet of activity space to include a gymnasium, library and arts and crafts rooms
- The $20 million project was funded by the Utah State Legislature, and championed by local legislators and Weber County Commissioners
- Design and building materials will meet the State of Utah’s High-Performance Building Standard (HPBS) and both interior and exterior elements are energy efficient
- Architect: JRCA Architects, Designer/Contractor: Layton Construction
It’s said that when one door closes, another opens. This door is now officially open, and for those taking advantage of these services, will lead to many more open doors in the futures of troubled youth and their families.