Youth Services contracts for professional training

Maryland Watch

July 25, 1996

Youth Services International Inc. said yesterday that it had signed an $862,869 three-year contract with the International Youth Institute Inc., an Alexandria, Va., company that will train more than 5,000 of Owings Mills-based Youth Services' workers nationwide.

After it assesses Youth Services' needs, International Youth will implement a program designed to help personnel interact better with at-risk youth, said John R. Allen, International Youth president.

It is the first time Youth Services has contracted out for professional training, said company spokeswoman Joan Stephens.

In addition to raising the quality of services offered to troubled youths, Allen said International Youth aims to help companies attain "greater human resource efficiencies and [lower] long-term personnel-associated costs."

Monday, Youth Services said it paid about $800,000 for Youth Quest Inc., of Orem, Utah, which provides care and counseling to about 100 troubled youths.

Youth Services operates 18 residential and community-based educational and behavioral-change programs in 11 states.

Pub Date: 7/25/96

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