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Volunteers needed to help work with teens

POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is looking for volunteers willing to work with teens.



POLK COUNTY -- Polk County's Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program is looking for volunteers willing to work with teens.

"We are working on a program to advocate for teens, which is different then advocating for a small child," said Chris Olson, CASA's director.

She said teenagers have specific needs, such as furthering their education and finding work, and need mentors to assist them.

"We want to help teenagers become contributors to the community, so they're constructive not destructive," Olson said.

CASA needs about 10 to 15 volunteers ready to take on that challenge. Volunteers are required to undergo 40 hours of initial training and then take part in continual education.

For more information: Chris Olson, 503-623-9268, ext. 1301.

--Jolene Guzman



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