Smith County Juvenile Service’s H.O.P.E. Academy is already
receiving national acclaim after only two years of service to the community.
The H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) Academy was
recently named as a 2016 Achievement Award Winner by The National Association
of Counties. It is a six-to-nine-month residential program for male juvenile
offenders, focusing on behavior modification and family/parent relationships
and vocational training. The children work with probation officers, counselors
and volunteers, including a chaplain.