Students at the Department of Juvenile Justice's Broad River Road Complex are getting a jump-start on their college careers.
For the past two years, DJJ and Allen University have partnered to offer college courses to youth inside the agency's long-term facility, including English 101 and English 200. For the first time, Allen University is offering Biblical Literature (Religion 104).
"Here at DJJ, we're concerned about the whole person - mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually," explains Director Freddie Pough. "By opening the door to post-secondary education, our youth will be better equipped to earn a degree, obtain and hold a job, and ultimately build a positive, productive life. Furthermore, we want all our youth to be able to practice their religious faith in whatever form that takes. Offering a course that introduces them to Biblical teachings is very exciting, and just one of the ways we hope to empower our youth to express their faith."
DJJ also has it's own Chaplaincy Team, committed to meeting the spiritual needs of its youth. Juveniles are able to attend weekly chapel services, as well as receive personalized support to meet their religious needs.
Five students are currently enrolled in the Fall session. Class meets Monday through Thursday from now until October 18th.
Last year, five DJJ students earned scholarships from Allen University. We featured two of those young people in a story here.
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