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New program provides drug treatment, job training for youth

Published: Sunday, February 11, 2018 @ 8:00 AM

            Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, and Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, stand in a lab that simulates a doctor’s office or nursing home medical exam room to train students. The lab will also be used to treat young people with alcohol or other drug addictions. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF
Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, and Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak, stand in a lab that simulates a doctor’s office or nursing home medical exam room to train students. The lab will also be used to treat young people with alcohol or other drug addictions. CORNELIUS FROLIK / STAFF

When young people can get good jobs, they are less likely to end up in jail or drug addicted, a local youth leader says.

Good jobs, however, are out reach for some Dayton-area youth who are homeless, already struggle with substance abuse, dropped out of school or check more than one box on this list.

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But Daybreak and Dayton YouthBuild will share a space that houses new alcohol and drug prevention/treatment services but also doubles as classrooms and a training lab for careers in allied health care.

“There’s nothing better to stop a needle than a job,” said Jerry Farley, director of Dayton YouthBuild, borrowing a line from a California nonprofit that helps former gang members obtain employment.

Daybreak and YouthBuild both occupy space in the Stuart & Mimi Rose Opportunity Zone for Youth, which Daybreak opened in 2016 just south of its main headquarters at 605 S. Patterson Blvd.

Daybreak’s new facility houses employment services and the Lindy & Company gourmet pet treats bakery, which is staffed and operated by homeless young people. In the lower level, YouthBuild has a lab to teach young people the building trades.

But YouthBuild and Daybreak also have teamed up to use about 1,600 square feet of the opportunity zone for dual purposes. The organizations serve some of the same youth.

Daybreak, which this year was certified by the state of Ohio to provide alcohol and drug treatment services, received funding from the state to help build out the space and received money from ADAMHS for operational costs, said Linda Kramer, CEO of Daybreak.

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Daybreak, which provides the region’s only around-the-clock emergency shelter for youth, will offer youth up to the age of 24 assessments, individual and group counseling and prevention and crisis intervention services. The program currently has one staff member but will add more as the caseload increases.

The program will start by serving Daybreak and YouthBuild participants but should open up to other youth in the community and staff will travel to where they are, such as the schools, Kramer said.

The program will try to reduce drug and alcohol use among participants through psychosocial support, treatment and prevention services, Kramer said. Daybreak also is working to provide Vivitrol treatment, which is a once-a-month injection to help people from relapsing.

“This is a comprehensive approach to supporting young people who might have barriers and challenges — oftentimes through no fault of their own — to help them succeed in life and not just push them under the bus and letting them fall through the cracks,” said Kramer.

YouthBuild, a U.S. Department of Labor grant program, helps at-risk youth and ex-offenders 18 to 24 get a high school diploma or GED and also credentials and a job.

The organization has offered training and education in construction work for years. But late last year, it added a health care program to help young people become state tested nurses aides or medical assistants, Farley said.

YouthBuild Dayton is the first YouthBuild program in the nation to be a certified National Healthcareer Association testing and training center, which allows it to certify students as phlebotomy, EKG or patient care technicians, Farley said.

Students can “stack” their credentials, meaning they obtain multiple certificates, expanding their job skills and work prospects.

Students in the new allied health program will take classes and get hands-on training in a lab that simulates a hospital or nursing home room setting.

The lab has hospital beds, an exam table, privacy curtains and dummies for students to practice on so they can learn how to care for and treat patients.

Students in the program receive a stipend while they take classes to work toward credentials. They earn a high school diploma or a GED as they receive training.

Students who get their medical assistant certificates are qualified for jobs that can pay $18 to $20 per hour, Farley said.

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The program then places students in jobs out in the community, and staff continue to follow up with students for 12 months to make sure things are going smoothly and that they remain on the right track, Farley said.

Daybreak provides support services, like housing and mental health counseling, but it relies on YouthBuild to handle education and schooling expertise, officials said.

Some Daybreak youth who normally would not be eligible for YouthBuild educational and training programs because they finished high school or completed a GED can participate because of the partnership between the organizations.

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Live updates from the 2018 Vectren Air Show: Flying acts take to the air

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:23 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 12:21 PM

Blue Angels at the Air Show - June 23, 2018

UPDATE @12:19 p.m.

The flag taken up by the Redline Circle of Cincinnati has dropped, and the Vectren Dayton Air Show is starting up. 

Lead pilot of Redline Ken Rieder knew he was going to be a pilot almost his entire life.

He went to his first air show in Waynesville when he was 5 years old.

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“My dad was driving up to Columbus for something. We saw it as we were driving by and I was excited, so he pulled in.”

At a young age, Rieder started building model planes, joined the Civil Air Patrol at 12 years old and eventually got his pilot’s license at age 21.

“From there on it was everything I could do to get flying,” Rieder said.

The Dayton Air Show is particular important to Rieder as the first large air show he had ever attended. He said he never imagined he’d be flying in the Dayton Air Show when he was younger.

Now he’s not only flying in the show, but he built the planes he and partner Ron Thocker are flying today. The team will be back later in the show. 

UPDATE @11:50 a.m.

Flying acts will begin soon. 

Watch live coverage of the acts here.


Gates are open for the last day of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show.

The first acts take to the skies at noon and fly through 4:15 p.m. Gates close at 6 p.m.

>> Saturday highlights of the 2018 Vectren Dayton Air Show

Today’s lineup of feature flying acts include: the Tuskegee Airmen, P-51 Mustang, U.S. Army Golden Knights, Vicky Benzing, B-17 Movie Memphis Belle, Redline, Sean Tucker, U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptor, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, CareFlight dedication, Tora Tora Tora, Jet Waco and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels.

>> RTA offers express shuttle service to Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> How to avoid traffic and parking headaches at this weekend’s Vectren Dayton Air Show

>> Parking lots in good shape for Vectren Dayton Air Show

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Missing adult alert for Hamilton Co. man canceled

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 8:14 AM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:41 AM

UPDATE @ 10:39 a.m.:

The missing adult alert issued for James Marques was canceled. 


A statewide missing adult alert has been issued by Colerain Township police for a 79-year-old man.

Police say James Marques was last seen leaving his residence for a trip to the store in a light blue 2007 Ford Focus, Ohio plate DXZ4199.

Marques was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, jeans and a blue windbreaker jacket.

Marques is 5’10’’, 150 pounds, has gray/brown hair, hazel eyes and suffers from dementia.

Police have reason to believe he may be in Indiana.

If you have any information on Marques or his whereabouts, please call 911 or 1-866-693-9171 to be transferred to the investigating law enforcement agency. 

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Injuries reported in 2-vehicle crash involving motorcycle in Dayton

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM

Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton this morning.

>>Dayton police searching for driver of stolen vehicle involved in serious crash

The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.

We are working to learn more and will update this page as information becomes available. 

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Author of national best-seller stops in Dayton for book tour

Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 7:37 AM

Fans of author Joshua Pollock have the opportunity for a meet and greet during his national book tour for The Heartfulness Way today and Monday. 

Since its introduction to the U.S. market on June 1, the book, written by Pollock and Kamlesh D. Patel, leader of the Heartfulness Institute, has quickly become a national best-seller at Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. 

The two-day area Meet and Meditate event begins today from 10:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dayton Natural Path Meditation Center on 3153 Lantz Road in Beavercreek. 

Monday, Pollock fans can attend from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Dayton International Peace Museum on 208 West Monument Avenue. 

Pollock will sign books, answer questions and hold a spiritual meditation. 

To register for the event, click here.

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