Coosa Valley Youth Services, providing service to approximately 1,000 children each year, is a public, non-profit organization created for the purpose of providing residential programs in which juvenile court judges can place young boys and girls who come under the jurisdiction of their courts. This is accomplished through the operation of three residential programs, each providing positive influence to the youth who come under our care. All Coosa Valley Youth Services' facilities are licensed by the Alabama Department of Youth Services.
Established in August 1974 with the creation of our Juvenile Detention Center, Coosa Valley Youth Services has since added the Attention Home and the Camp Robert E. Lewis boot camp program.
Current members of Coosa Valley Youth Services include Calhoun, Etowah, Talladega, Dekalb, St. Clair, and Cherokee counties. Other counties receiving service include Marshall, Jackson, Blount, Cleburne, and Walker.
While all of our programs serve different purposes, Coosa Valley Youth Services strives to make a positive impact on the youth we serve by employing individual and group counseling, in-house academic programs and behavior modification techniques. Our goal is to provide a challenging and progressive setting in which youth are given the tools and opportunity to change their lives.
In addition to our three residential programs, Coosa Valley Youth Services operates the Alabama Growing Station, a tree farm project supported entirely through donations, grants and in-kind service. The project enables the reception and care of up to 30,000 seedling per year to be offered for planting on public lands across the state. Through this project, our greenhouse, and our close relationship with the Calhoun County Extension Service and Master Gardener volunteers, youth from Camp Lewis and the Attention Home learn about horticulture and other marketable skills useful in future employment.
Camp Lewis cadets, students from the Attention Home and staff provide community service to a variety of locations. Examples include Habitat for Humanity, Anniston Museum of Natural History, Red Cross, Salvation Army, National Forest Service, YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Calhoun/Cleburne Mental Health Board, local churches, city and county governments.
Serving Northeastern Alabama since 1974
providing treatment alternatives for Alabama's troubled youth
Coosa Valley Youth Services