Program works with teenage girls involved in the juvenile justice system
The Minnesota Women’s Consortium has chosen the Amicus Radius Program to receive their Program of the Year Award. Amicus Radius works with girls and young women ages 12 to 18 who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
The program’s efforts are currently focused on girls in Hennepin County and works with about 90 girls and young women a year.
The Minnesota Women’s Consortium is an association of 150+ organizations and thousands of individuals committed to achieving full equality for women and girls. Their mission is to achieve full equality for women and girls by connecting organizations that share this goal. Each year, the Women’s Consortium selects organizations and individuals who exemplify leadership in improving the status of women and girls through role modeling, leadership development, and advocacy. In honoring the Amicus Radius Program, the consortium’s board of directors cited the program’s work to empower girls in the juvenile justice system, among other reasons.
Radius offers girls a 14-week in-depth relationship-based program that addresses their main issues and helps them discover strengths from within, despite the messiness of life. It seeks to restore family, peer and community
connections, engage the girls as active architects of their own success and to provide content which is relevant to the real world of each girl.
Amicus Radius Program Director Marjorie D. Grevious said her team was surprised and is grateful for this recognition.
“It’s rare for a direct service youth worker to get any recognition at all. We just expect to do our work, and our sense of fulfillment comes more from the successes we see in the young people we work with. So for our team to get this type of honor is very meaningful,” Grevious said.
The award was presented at the Minnesota Women’s Consortium annual gala on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel St. Paul-Riverfront. Other honorees included the St. Cloud Chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum and Kim Nelson, VP of External Relations at General Mills. A Lifetime Achievement Award will be awarded to Lonna Sczczesny of Employment Action Center.
For more information on Radius please contact Amicus at 612-877-4250 or www.amicususa.org.