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 Robert E. Lewis Academy 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.
Through our close relationship with the Calhoun County Extension Service and Master Gardener volunteers, youth from Lewis Academy and the Attention Home learn about horticulture and other marketable skills useful in future employment.
Lewis Academy trainees, 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, Highland Health Systems, local churches, civic groups and city and county governments.