Jack Brown Center receives Organization of the Year Award


(L to R) Jack Brown Center Director Darren Dry displays the center’s Organization of the Year plaque with program administrators Vickie Goodnight, James Williams and Curtis Locust. 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation’s Jack Brown Center was recently awarded Organization of the Year at the Professionalizing Youth Work in Oklahoma Conference.

Jack Brown Center officials were named May 30 at the conference, co-sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Outreach National Resource Center for Youth Services at the OU Tulsa campus. The conference is intended to raise awareness and support for organizations working to improve the lives of youth.

“It means a lot to the Jack Brown Center that an organization such as the National Resource Center for Youth Services has recognized us as Organization of the Year among all the programs that work with youth,” said Jack Brown Director Darren Dry. “This award lets us know that the hard work we are doing is not going unnoticed. The hard battle of treating this awful disease affecting our Native youth gives us the motivation to continue to provide a top-notch recovery program for the youth we serve.”

The Jack Brown Center earned the title for meeting its outcome goals, which are helping Native American youth suffering from alcohol or substance abuse by providing education, as well as mental, spiritual, emotional and physical support while in treatment.

The awards are given every year at the Professionalizing Youth Work on Oklahoma Conference.  The conference, sponsored this year by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Office of Child Care Services, Residential and Agency Licensing; Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Specialized Placements & Partnerships Unit; Oklahoma Commission on Children and Youth; and The University of Oklahoma OUTREACH National Resource Center for Youth Services, focused on the significant role child and youth workers play in the lives of the young people with whom they work, said Jean Carpenter-Williams, director of Training Development for the OU Outreach National Resource Center for Youth Services.

“Awards were presented to Youth Worker of the Year, Supervisor of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Administrator of the Year and Organization of the Year and recognized those that went above and beyond expectations in their support of youth across Oklahoma,” Carpenter-Williams said.

The Jack Brown Center recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and broke ground on a new 25,000-square-foot, 36-bed facility being built on the Cherokee Nation’s Male Seminary Recreation Center campus in Tahlequah.

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