Shayna Miller’s goal every day is to help the kids she works with do something in which they can take pride. That can include volunteer work, gardening, schoolwork, art and more. She hopes that way they’ll realize they can be more than the crime they committed.
Miller is the executive director of Alternative Homes for Youth in Greeley, a nonprofit agency that works to teach, support and model healthy life skills to youth and families. About 60 percent of the boys in the program have committed a sexual offense, Miller said. The others usually have issues with substance abuse.
Alternative Homes for Youth, 1110 M St., provides housing, therapy and rehabilitation to help reshape the lives of juveniles who commit those crimes.
“Ideally they won’t commit other offenses,” Miller said. “We work to instill empathy so they realize their actions affect others.”
Alternative Homes for Youth works with boys ages 13-20 from Greeley, Fort Collins, Sterling and Nebraska. The facility has room for 26 residents. Residents usually stay for about 10 months, Miller said.