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Youth Assessment Center May Be Forced Out

Updated: Monday, May 5 2014, 02:33 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN -- The Youth Assessment Center currently utilizes the former Champaign Unit4 curriculum center at 403 N. Randolph. They are an extension of the city's court diversion program to help juvenile,  non violent first time offenders so they wont enter the criminal justice system.

They've occupied the current space since October of last year and help hundreds of troubled youth each month. Weeks ago, they learned they may have to find a new home sooner rather than later.

CAMERON MOORE, CEO, CCRPC
"We have been given some indications that they might reconsider their willingness to sale the building and continue to make it available for the YAC although probably not forever. So they've indicated at one point they probably will sell that property...hopefully, they'll give us another year lease in that and we'll have some time to plan a more orderly transition."       

The program is a partnership of at least two dozen city and state agencies. It also has the support of many local officials including  Champaign County State's Attorney Julia Rietz and Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb.  

It's still up to the school board to decide if and when the building will be sold.

Youth Assessment Center May Be Forced Out


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