Denise Barrow makes it her personal mission to develop a relationship with each and every youth in her program.
Denise is the Program Manager for CEDARS Boys Home and last month she was recognized with the Evelyn E. Labode Service to Youth Award for her commitment, initiative, and advocacy on behalf of the youth she serves.
When boys come into her care at CEDARS Boys Home, they quickly recognize that Denise is on their side and is a constant source of support for them. She manages the house of 12 boys, aged 14 to 18, and makes it a point to spend one-on-one time with each of them throughout the day, and even on weekends.
“She demonstrates excellence in being an advocate for the youth in her program and developing relationships with youth in her care. She strives daily to make the Boys Home an environment that is consistent, supportive, and home-like,” said Theresa Webster of CEDARS Youth Services.
A testament to her commitment, many of the boys return to the home after they have moved on, mostly just to catch up with Denise. As one youth put it, “Denise is a helpful person. She’s always involved in my life, giving me advice on how to better myself and what to do in a situation I need help getting out of.”
The Service to Youth Award is given to a professional in the youth services field by the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association. Winners of this award epitomize dedication, commitment, and advocacy on behalf of youth and families they serve.
In its 38th year, the Nebraska Juvenile Justice Association helps to provide improved services for youth in the juvenile justice system by serving as a resource for collaboration, leadership, development, and education for juvenile justice system professionals. More information can be found at www.njja.org.