Tuesday, February 21, 2012

County Representatives Vist Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch

President of the Board of County Commissioners Blaine Young along with Commissioner C. Paul Smith joined Business Development Advisory Council member Drex Rybyrd, Director of the Business Development and Retention Division Helen Riddle and Business Development Specialist Sherman Coleman in visiting the Maryland Sheriffs' Youth Ranch in Frederick. They met with Executive Director Mark Grover who has held that position for the last five years. Mr. Grover explained how the ranch that was purchased back in 1974 and sits on 204 acres of land. The site is licensed to house 18 young men, but currently has 11. The youth ranched is geared toward helping troubled youth become productive members of society. The focus is on preparation for the residents to be able to become more educated and distance themselves from a checkered past.
There has been tremendous success and with an average GPA of current residents at 3.24. Mr Grover takes great pride in what his facility has been able to contribute to the Frederick community and the help that the Frederick comunity has provided to the facility.