The Utah State Board of Education defines Youth-in-Custody as: “Individuals under the age of 21 who are in custody of or receiving services from the Utah Department of Human Services or an equivalent Native American tribe, or who are being held in a juvenile detention facilities.” STEMCAP works in facilities that span the whole spectrum of Youth-in-Custody, working in facilities that range from juvenile detention centers to residential treatment centers.
Youth-in-Custody are required by law to receive an education. We work with teachers within these centers and carry out our programming primarily during students’ science class periods. In the last fiscal year, between June 30th 2018 and June 30th 2019, the Utah Juvenile Justice Service served 6,965 individual juveniles.
For more information about the Utah Juvenile Justice Service and Utah YIC click here for the most recent Annual report available to the public (2016): https://jjs.utah.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/FY2016-Annual-Report.pdf