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Jewish Family Services of Delaware starts a pilot program to help at-risk youths in New Castle County

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Jewish Family Services of Delaware provides health and human services to Delawareans of all ages. Now it is starting a new pilot program in which a former Ferris School for Boys student will serve as a case manager for several students who are leaving the juvenile justice system. “They listen to him much more than they listen to us because he’s been there,” says Scott Michels, director of youth development. JFS’ other services include the Media Matters and FutureNet programs that help at-risk youth become productive, self-sufficient adults. FutureNet helps teens who struggle in traditional classrooms to prepare for the GED test. It also teaches the skills needed to land a job. Those eligible include youth who have dropped out of high school and those leaving the juvenile justice system. In both programs, students use digital video and music production to create public service announcements that are shared with their peers. —D.O.

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