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Center for Troubled Teens to Open in Pennsylvania

If all goes as planned, a facility for troubled teens could move into the former Sto Rox Boosters Club near Blooming Valley in East Mead Township.

Kenn Capper, regional director of Vision Quest, confirmed the organization is “looking at trying to get the program established” at the site. “We are in the final stages of

negotiations,” he said, noting it may be a bit premature to discuss the plans. Capper wasn’t sure if the final agreement would involve leasing or buying the property.

Founded in 1973, Vision Quest is a national program with more than 1,000 youth and 1,500 staff in facilities in Arizona, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Florida and Oklahoma. In this region it operates a facility in Franklin, Venango County.

The organization is described as an alternative solution to juvenile delinquency and incarceration.

Capper said plans are to make the East Mead site a stand-alone facility with regional oversight. It’s being planned for older boys, ages 17 and 18, and will focus on education, stressing the need for the youth to complete high school and receive their diploma. Also stressed will be the need to have youth develop goals and work toward achieving them.

Vision Quest will seek a state license to accommodate approximately 48 youth with the initial complement to be 16, said Capper.

Teens are sentenced by the court to participate in the program. Capper said clients will come from all over the state. Boys will receive passes to visit their homes and will be encouraged to participate in community service programs.

Sto Rox Boosters Inc. is from the Pittsburgh area and has owned the campground and building for about 40 years.

It has been vacant for several years, according to Nancy Smith, who owns Country Gardens, a catering business and rental hall adjacent to the facility.

Smith isn’t happy with the plans. “I am really upset having my business next door,” she said.

She and her husband attempted to purchase land owned by the booster club several years ago but the asking price was too high.

“It’s all about the dollar,” she said, noting the club claimed it was going to do so much for the community when it came in and has done nothing.

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