It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to make sure the children, youth, and transition age adults aren't falling through the cracks of the Human Service System. We're fortunate to have some of the best dedicating their time, energy, and expertise to our cause.
Summer Knapp manages our day to day operations, programs, and ever-important relationships within the community.
MCJAC conducts seminars and trainings for local social service agencies to help improve programs and discuss emerging issues this vulnerable youth population is facing. Informational seminars are also conducted for the community to learn about services available in this county.
Mercer County Juvenile Advisory Council Inc. (MCJAC) is an evolution of a two year, county-wide study called the Mercer Adolescent Project (MAP) which ended in 1986. The study looked at the availability of services in Mercer County, and which areas still needed to be covered for youth in need. MCJAC was then created through the Juvenile Court Judges Commission to continue the work MAP had started. The original focus was to promote interagency cooperation, human services education, public awareness, policy changes, and advocacy for at-risk youth of Mercer County PA.
Thirty years later, MCJAC is still working to improve programs, services, and opportunities for the children, youth, and young adults in Mercer County through advocating, championing, and supporting youth-centered policies and through effective recruitment and placement of volunteers with agencies.
"Every kid is one adult away from being a success story"
- Josh Shipp
The Youth Service Advisory Committee is comprised of representatives from local agencies and schools, providing input into the needs of the youth they serve.
Volunteers are carefully screened and then matched to local agencies, schools, or community programs that have some role (s) to be filled. Volunteers must apply, provide three reference letters, interview, and submit all clearance and background checks.
The board of directors provides guidance and direction for the organization.
Chester Scholl, Esq. -- 1st Chair
Dr. Thomas Hawkins --Treasurer
Gary Swanson --Secretary
Jeanette Whitehead --Member
Angelo Stamoolis --Member