Campus Organization Assists Youth Support Center

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Stephen Kappeler and Carlene Mallory, on behalf of Eastern Kentucky University's Corbin chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma and the National Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, recently presented a $250 check to Mary Schild, director of Sunrise Children's Services Youth Support Center.

The donation was a way for the members of the student organization to give back to an agency that has done so much to help local youth.

The Youth Support Center is an after-school program that utilizes various types of therapy and group activities that address issues that could result in a youth being removed from a home. The support center helps youth who have spent time in foster care, residential centers and the juvenile justice system to successfully adapt to life at home and within the community.

The goal of the support center is to lessen the number of low-level offenders in Kentucky's jails and other security detention facilities.

In addition to helping the youth of local communities, the Youth Support Center assists local college and university social work and counseling students by allowing them to complete school-sanctioned internships at the center, where they obtain knowledge relating to their field of study as well as learning new skills, while fulfilling a course requirement. Many interns have gone on to become full-time employees at the Youth Support Center after they receive their degrees.

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduate as well as graduate students of criminal justice. The purpose is to recognize and promote high quality scholarship among students and to establish in the public mind the benefit and necessity of education and professional training.

The Corbin Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, chartered in 2007, has chosen to support the Sunrise Children's Services Youth Support Center through fundraising activities as part of its community service commitment. Mallory, the Corbin chapter's president, said the student members believe that young people are the future of communities and want to do their part to help in any way possible.

For more information on how to join the Corbin chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, Theta Xi, contact Stephen Kappeler (EKU faculty member, student organization adviser and criminal justice coordinator for regional campuses) at stephen.kappeler@eku.edu. For more information about the Sunrise Children's Services Youth Support Center or to pledge donations, contact Center Director Mary Schild at 606-862-9132.

Published on September 05, 2013