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Spectrum Youth and Family Services Wins National Award


Published January 19, 2009 at 2:32 p.m.

Last week, Seven Days learned that our friends at Spectrum Youth and Family Services in Burlington are once again in the national spotlight, and this time it has nothing to do with mutilated fingers or Playboy centerfolds appearing on snowboards.

The National Network for Youth a nationwide organization that champions the needs of runaway, homeless and other disconnected youth, awarded Spectrum its 2009 "Agency of the Year Award of Excellence." This award is given annually to one agency that plays a vital role in the healthy development of youth, families and communities in their local community.

Last year alone, Spectrum served more than 3000 homeless, foster and at-risk youth. Their flagship program is the Spectrum One Stop, which includes a drop-in center open seven days a week, an emergency shelter, substance abuse and mental health counseling and a job skills training program.

Spectrum will receive the award on Tuesday, Jan 27 at the National Network for Youth's 2009 symposium in Washington, D.C.

Nice work, folks!