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Corvalllis House
Team Building at Corvallis
The Corvallis House Young Women’s Transition Program (CH) opened in March of 1999.  The Corvallis House is an OYA community-based transition program for young women ages 15 to 25.  The treatment focus is designed for young women moving from a youth correctional facility back to community living.  The young women learn and practice independent living skills. The transition program focus is on issues that young women face; this includes continuing treatment, ongoing social skill building, continuing education and vocational needs.
 
Corvallis House recently provided an opportunity for team building among staff and youth.  Assistant director Pam Stewart arranged for Corvallis House staff and youth to participate in an all day CPR/First Aid training. Twelve young women and several staff including Director Fabian Casarez joined together as one group to listen, learn and practice the latest and most up-to-date CPR/First Aid information.  It was satisfying to observe how well the young women paid attention to instructor Gordon Jackson and to hear the intelligent questions and concerns they directed to him.
 
Mr. Jackson first reviewed his handout of information that addressed unconscious and conscious victim care. His instruction included how to conduct a site assessment before becoming involved with a victim and then specific steps to follow to help determine what to do next. Mr. Jackson provided many opportunities for everyone to perform the skills he had instructed. It was all fun and laughter when it came time to practice on the CPR dummies, but it was clear that the youth were putting in the necessary effort needed to become certified. By the end of the day, all twelve youth were awarded their CPR and First Aid certifications effective for two years.
 
Overall, this provided opportunities for staff and youth to demonstrate and practice social skills. This also provided another skill set that the youth can offer future employers when looking for jobs in the community.