Representatives for the WhyTry Organization gathered in the Fine Arts Building at Phillips College for a training seminar last Thursday to discuss their goals and introduce their strength-based approach to helping troubled youths. 

 

Representatives for the WhyTry Organization gathered in the Fine Arts Building at Phillips College for a training seminar last Thursday to discuss their goals and introduce their strength-based approach to helping troubled youths. 
Chuck Burklow, a representative from Washington County Juvenile Court, outlined a series of colorful analogies that are meant to encourage today’s youths to improve outcomes in the areas of truancy, behavior, and academics. He emphasized that the analogies are based on sound and empirical principles such as Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Social and Emotional Intelligence, and multisensory learning. 
Walter Darnell, a consultant for the Youth Diversion Workshop, wants “to get teens involved in appropriate sanctions and find that positive reinforcement from other teens as well as their mediators.”
Juvenile Court Judge Anne Hudson put this program into effect in the Phillips County area around the first of July. It will be offered to troubled teens that find themselves in court.
After deliberation, the jury will decide if the program should be offered to the offender. 
Burklow showed video footage of troubled teens showing how easy it is for them to stray from their goals and ambition.
He also conducted a demonstration to show the loss of focus by passing a washer attached to a piece of string to individuals in the audience. The instructor repeated the phrase “right, left,” The audience was told to focus on holding the string still.  Once the audience lost focus on their string and started focusing on someone else’s participation, was then able to confirm this conclusion. 
For more information on the WhyTry Organization visit www.whytry.org, or e-mail Chuck Burklow at chuckb@vistahealthservices.com.