Youth Diversion Program

Brooke Reidburn, Youth Diversion Coordinator

In partnerships with the State of South Dakota and Codington County, the Boys & Girls Club welcomes Brooke Reidburn as the Youth Diversion Coordinator. Reidburn is a recent graduate of the Law Enforcement program at Lake Area Technical Institute.

The Youth Diversion Coordinator is a newly created position that is a state-funded contracted service through the Boys & Club of Watertown. The position will support juvenile diversion alternative services divided into three responsibilities: Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) coordination, Teen court operations and diversion services, and the case management, referral and data tracking and analysis.

In her role, Reidburn’s services will enhance the juvenile justice services in Codington County and will provide consistent and reliable solutions for youth. The Youth Diversion Coordinator will promote collaborations between juvenile court officials in Codington County, probation agencies, the State’s Attorney’s office, schools, and other youth advocates. The goal is to prevent or divert youth involvement in the juvenile justice system and minimize disproportionate minority contact. Reidburn will focus on prevention and intervention for youth engaging in behaviors putting them at risk for justice system involvement. The JDAI collaborations in the county will work to create an effective, fair, and efficient system that produces positive outcomes for youth, families and communities while protecting public safety.

Codington County has been a JDAI site for almost two years. The JDAI collaborative includes the juvenile judge, juvenile prosecutor, sheriff, detention administration, high school administration, local service providers, court services, county commission, and law enforcement. The collaborative identified the Boys & Girls Club of Watertown agency to house the Youth Diversion Coordinator position as it blends well into the infra-structure of the organization and aligns with current diversion and prevention options through Teen Court and other programming at the Club. The Boys & Girls Club has overseen the Codington County Teen Court program since 2007.