We work for a transformation and reclamation of our young men’s health, understanding, safety and freedom while they are in these facilities and when they rejoin our community.
Sgt. Carter often refers to this work as storytelling and Edu-tainment. Conversations, discussions, lectures, and ‘face to face’ mentoring . We work inside the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC), a 24-hour high secure facility that locks children who are awaiting court processing for alleged law violations or awaiting transfer to a correctional placement or adult facility, and at Boys Totem Town (BTT) a residential program for up to 36 adolescent boys age 14-18 who have been committed to the program by the court for committing offenses. Young men are typically in this facility for 6 months, separated from home, family, school and community .
SOS provides two classes per week at the Juvenile Detention Center, using SOS smelling salt, self-help, motivational materials, bulletins and now, our new SOS motivational videos, as teaching points.
In over 30 years we have met more than 2500 young men who pass through the doors of the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center (JDC) and long term correctional facility, Boys Totem Town (BTT). Our presence in JDC every Tuesday ensures that young men separated from family during a critical moment in their lives, have access to the compassion and wisdom of the community.