Winner: Chesco Youth Center and SPCA Brandywine

WEST CHESTER, PA – The National Counties Association has awarded the 2022 Achievement Award to a Chester County program in which juvenile offenders perform community service by working with dogs at the Brandywine SPCA.

A total of 255 juvenile offenders completed community service requirements under the SPCA’s Shelter Animals For Enrichment program.

The award recognizes innovative and effective county government programs that strengthen services to residents.

Kristi Washington, a social worker at Chester County Youth Center, came up with the idea for juvenile offenders to complete community service hours and provide a positive enrichment experience for young people.

The shelter socializes the shelter dogs before they are put up for adoption.

“The program fosters an environment of love without judgment and truly builds beneficial relationships with everyone involved,” said Hailey Marcus, director of community engagement at the shelter.

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