Many of the teens at the detention facility eagerly inspected the 12 booths highlighting different career, training and educational opportunities.
"They are trying to give us a second chance and I appreciate that," said Earl, a 14-year-old awaiting a group home placement. "It has people thinking there are opportunities out there."
The brainchild of Darlene Furtado, a special education technician in SCOE's WorkAbility Program, the career fair brought in a dozen vendors, including Wyo Tech, Sacramento Regional Conservation Corps and a Paul Mitchell cosmetology school.
"This is important because it's so necessary," said Furtado, who used to work on special education assessments for students in the court school program. "These kids made mistakes, but they can turn their lives around."
Vicki Talo, a case manager for a youth program run by the North State Building Association, said programs that reach out to troubled youth are critical.
"I was one of these youths," Talo said. "I overcame a lot. If I can do it, so can they."
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Photo: Vicki Talo, a case manager for a youth program run by the North State Building Association, speaks to a youth inmate at Sacramento County Juvenile Hall. (Photo courtesy of Tim Herrera / SCOE.)