The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Youth Services Department has been through many changes through the years, and it has just gone through another one. On May 12, Youth Services held an open house to mark its relocation to the Community Building, next door to the Salt River Library.
The open house was a big success; well over 125 people showed up and had the opportunity to learn about the programs and services offered by the department. Visitors explored the different rooms which will be used by the youth programs, and many picked up applications or brochures with information on services.
“Our plan was to bring people to the event to show where we are now located,” said Youth Services Director Denice Fitchie. “We had a lot of parents, kids and tribal staff come to the open house.”
Located in the building are the Youth Services administration, the After-School Program staff, and various group rooms. Fitchie added that all of the programs operate year-round.
“We really like the new facility. [The result after] renovating it from what it was is astounding,” said Fitchie.
The department was moved out of its previous location to make room for Health and Human Services staff, who in turn had to be relocated from the old Salt River Clinic, which is scheduled to be demolished in the near future.
Youth Services oversees the After-School Program, Boys & Girls Clubs, Early Enrichment Program, Victory Acres II Clubhouse, residential group homes, transitional apartments and the Salt River Advisory Council for Children and Youth.
The department will be hosting a Youth Conference for teens on June 10 at the Community Building. The conference will feature young Native presenters who will be great role models for the youth of the Community. For more information on the conference, contact Youth Services at (480) 362-6390.
Youth Services Administration Office (480) 362-6390
Denice Fitchie, Director
Linda McCabe, Program Manager
Jose Garcia, Senior Behavioral Health
Jessica Garcia, Secretary