Northwestern Academy marks 10th anniversary

Oct 24, 2008 Full story: The News Item 222

"Making a dream come true." That was the unofficial theme of Thursday's ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the founding of Northwestern Academy, a juvenile justice rehabilitative facility in the ...

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A Parent

Johnstown, PA

#163 Oct 2, 2011
Take your stress out somewhere else, and NOT on the kids that you say you "help"...the place your employed at is nothing but a regulated child abuse center!
Jim Souder wrote:
bc your kids need help! that's what I give help so maybe they don't go to jail i just try to help and get my stress out
not bad

Wellsboro, PA

#164 Nov 3, 2011
im going to this place and i hope none of this is true..
Jim Souder

Forest City, PA

#165 Nov 3, 2011
not bad wrote:
im going to this place and i hope none of this is true..
I feel bad for u
prev cadet

United States

#166 Nov 4, 2011
This place is not bad as long as u do what your suppose to I was there for 2months and it was hard but not as bad as I thought! And jim souder is fake and a douche don't listen to him he's not real! You will be fine !!!!
not bad wrote:
im going to this place and i hope none of this is true..
gotmyionu

Hicksville, NY

#167 Nov 21, 2011
SGT wrote:
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I've worked at Northwestern Academy in several buildings there but mainly the boot camp and THERE IS NO such mis-treatment going on there. You'd be suprised the type of kids that come there and what such problems they cause. Only they themselves can complete the program and leave there reformed. If not, than it's their fault not the staff's! I agree no system is perfect but as far as mis-treatment or abuse...that's all those kids know cuz that's how they've been treated before coming to N.W.
SGT it so doesn't surprise me that you would speak of this place in this manner, you are just another lying, incompetent, evil, loser like the rest of them. My nephew is there and currently had his arm broken while there. also ever hear of "Walter Brown"? You all protect yourselves and abuse goes on constantly, how about " cash for kids? look that up, it's corrupt from the judges down to the drill sargent scum... rot in the hell you have given these troubled youth! Karma is a bitch sweetheart, I hope you believe in your heart that you aren't full of shit so you can sleep easy at night. I don't believe it for a minute!!!!
gotmyionu

Hicksville, NY

#168 Nov 21, 2011
@jim souder that "juice" u speak of, you are disgusting and hope one of these days when your busy being a pedophile that someone bites that nasty tiny thing right off beeatch! Now shut your filthy mouth and go away!!!
Niki

Exton, PA

#170 Feb 24, 2012
Lynn wrote:
My daughter just went to Building Bridges as well. She just got up there. I hope the female program is better than the male program. The last thing my family needs is to have her subjected to cruelty and scarring for life. I know that she will be getting outpatient help as well - the counselor called me today so I would hope and pray if anything does go on, it would be caught immediately. I am happy that she didn't get sent to one of the secure facilities......the whole system doesn't make sense to me. Parents just can't seem to win anymore. You aren't allowed to discipline them or you get into trouble and if you don't discipline them, they take them away from you....and pretty much tell you that had they had discipline, they wouldn't be going away. I feel very bad for the kids today. I just hope and pray no one ever has to go through what I had to go through.
My daughter graduated from Building Bridges in September of 2009. She was there for six months. She had to learn how to "play the game" in order to get out. I agree with you on not being able to discipline our children and then the system takes them away from you to "rehabilitate" them. My daughter had gotten into a minor argument with her older brother (where there was absolutely no injuries whatsoever) and they took her to the detention center. She went to court 2 days later and the judge sent her back to the detention center. Everything happened so fast and I did not have money at the time for an attorney. I blinked and my daughter was being told she was going to be sent to placement. My entire family did not understand why. Some kids beat people or rob people and do not get sent away. She endured a great deal there. The girls that know they are not going to get out will do anything to make sure the other girls get in trouble to stay longer. Just tell your daughter to try to get along with the staff as much as possible and to try to stay out of as many problems with the other girls. My daughter's one roommate got mad at her and urinated in her shampoo. My daughter also got repeated urinary tract infecttions there and when a specialist said she had to follow a specific diet, they refused to adhere to it. All of their food was processed and she could not eat like that. She has "Intercystial Cystitis". The doctor said that he had state prison inmates on specific diets that had to be adhered to. He could not believe they did not have to listen to him. Your rights are all taken away and they can pretty much do whatever they want with your daughter. Just be careful and I hope your daughter does well.
Dalton Zak

Milton, PA

#171 Feb 28, 2012
im goin to bootcamp this weekend up at north western!!! not again.
eric james

Washington, DC

#172 Mar 2, 2012
I was there. It was terrible. Abuse. That's all it is.
Christian DML

United States

#173 Mar 21, 2012
Blondie wrote:
"making a dream come true" Has anyone actually been there? Don't believe everything you read. These guys torment the kids up there. They push them ,shove them , hit them ,spit at them , call them names, they are mortified and humiliated. Is this what we think a form of punishment is for juveniles ? These kids need guidance , love and understanding. Not humiliation. trust me I have been there visiting , theses guys who are in charge are horrible representatives of what our judicial system portrays. They tell parents that they are well taken care of up there, they have 15 mins to eat, and they have to eat everything or they are punished, move there bowels in 10 minutes or they are subjected to a beating or what ever they feel is justified in there eyes. shower 10 minutes or they are punished in what ever form deemed good in theses so called OFFICERS
eyes.Whatever you do I hope your kid doesn't wind up there its awful. These kids are supposingly being disciplined and getting help......NONE OF THIS IS GOING ON UP THERE!!!!!!!! This place makes no dreams come true..Not for the juveniles or the parents!You leave there feeling like you are going to throw up.
Blonde pretty much hit it right on the nose.
I am 23 years of age and at 16 I was placed in NW Acad. by the Philadelphia county juvenile court district. Still to this day I remember, most vividly, my experience with-in the first 15 minutes upon arriving. I was forced to strip down to my underwear infront a squad bay full of 24 other 14-18 yr. old males. I remember being so mortified by the three "Drill Sargents" (including one female) screaming at me, that I mistakenly threw my 'civi' clothes into a trash can. Haha, I consider myself a rather intelligent individual, and I'm pretty sure that with a level head I could tell the difference between a trash can and a hamper. However, at that very moment, clouded with fear, humiliation, confusion, and utter mortification to the point of "quivering in my knickers", my instincts told me that trash can was the proper place to put my clothing.
The irony of this memory is that on my last day there, after the graduation ceremony and the "I just made it through hell" celebrations, I wished I had thrown my clothing away. I don't know what was more embarrassing, my first day there or my last day, when I put my 'thug-life' cloths back on.
That being said, I must say I came out of this juvinile boot camp a new person. Many persistent issues I dealt with my entire life seemed to be solved in a mere four month span of boot camp. I also finished my junior year of High School with a 3.88 GPA on a 4.0 scale (keeping in mind you get out what you put in to your education there).
Also keep in mind hindsight is beautiful &#128540;
Cheers
james

Morrisville, PA

#174 Apr 24, 2012
ive been there. i went in the october til january , at the time my father was real sick and being away from the ones u love thru the most important holidays sucked alone but let me tell u sum experiences i had. when i first got there the were screamin and spitting on me but i expected that. didnt expect to stand in a corner at poa position of attention for 7 to 8 hrs. i had to remember the rules word for word and u cant do one at a time has to be 8. whole time i was in the corner i had to have the rule book 4 in away from my face the whole time,wen i was called i took the r book down and since it took 4ever i almost fell cuz my eyes didnt adjust yet. there is so much that happened that i cant say errthing but yea they torment u and make u feel helpless. there was atleast 4 awols wen i was there. 4 sum reason i miss it idk why but just so if anybody doesnt know i went in 06 as i was leaving they changed it around now they mad it easier , we only had 2 mins for shower and to go take a sit down.
D Magnificent

Murrieta, CA

#175 May 16, 2012
I went to this boot camp back in 99. 10-4, 9,9 never die, never rest, bulldog pride above the rest!!!!!!!
eric counterman

Stroudsburg, PA

#176 Jun 5, 2012
DAMN I WASTED 4 MONTHS OFF MY LIFE AT THE TURTURE HOUSE (BOOTCAMP)IF U EVER HAVE A CHOICE DO NOT GO 2 BOOTCAMP UNLESS U HAVE 2 U WILL MOST LIKELY CRY EVERDAY OFF UR LIFE THATS A FACT IF U CANT DEAL WITH ADVERSITY UR IN TROUBLE CAUSE THATS ALL THEY DO IS YELL AT U I CAN GURANTEE 1 THING WEN U GET OUT UR BE ABLE TO DO ALOT PUSHUPS AND SITUPS CAUSE ITS ALOT OFF P.T ITS SUCKS I DEFF LEARNED MY LESSOND THEY WILL SIT THERE AND YELL AT U AND JUST WAIT FOR U 2 MOVE A LILTLE BIT THEN SLAM U ON UR NECK I SEEN THEN BREAK A KIDS BONE IN HIS ARM FROM HIS SHOULDER TO HIS WRIST AND THEY HAD TO DISCHARGE HIM I DONT EVEN NO HOW ELSE TO WRITE BOUT THIS PLACE ITS JUST HELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL LLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
Steve Holland

Levittown, PA

#177 Jun 7, 2012
I spent 2 months in v.c.o.r.e from december 9th to febuary 9th. I gotta say it was probably the worst 60 days of my life, but i managed to accomplish a lot while i was there. My first week, I told my case worker i wanted to kill myself, hoping i could find a way out. Although i must say i had one hell of a case worker (cpt. agosta) i remember being broken down and humiliated by almost every drill seregant in white barracks. I worked my ass off. I became stronger and more self confident than i can ever remember. I remember on christmas day the entire barracks was stuck doing p.t with drill seregant bulchie. That guy scared the shit outta me. But on some real, i left this place with the integrity i never had. I made PFC rank, and even earned a graduation medal. I just hope i never have to go back.
Hartz80

Huntingdon, PA

#178 Jul 2, 2012
Steve Holland wrote:
I spent 2 months in v.c.o.r.e from december 9th to febuary 9th. I gotta say it was probably the worst 60 days of my life, but i managed to accomplish a lot while i was there. My first week, I told my case worker i wanted to kill myself, hoping i could find a way out. Although i must say i had one hell of a case worker (cpt. agosta) i remember being broken down and humiliated by almost every drill seregant in white barracks. I worked my ass off. I became stronger and more self confident than i can ever remember. I remember on christmas day the entire barracks was stuck doing p.t with drill seregant bulchie. That guy scared the shit outta me. But on some real, i left this place with the integrity i never had. I made PFC rank, and even earned a graduation medal. I just hope i never have to go back.
My 12 year old son just went their June 28. With reading all these terrible comments I am sick!!! I havent been able to talk to him yet but when he first got their for maybe 2 minutes. This is hell feeling so helpless and worrying about him!
doesntmatter

United States

#179 Aug 20, 2012
my boyfriend was just sent there in July, he's there for six months, I would hope none of this is true but I do know that they read everything that goes in and out and if they don't like what's said they won't give it to the person or send it out and if you swear in the letters the person in there gets punished for it. like it's there fault or something, my boyfriend is not a criminal just a sweet kid that hangs out with the wrong people. I go to see him Thursday and I hope it's not as bad as everyone has said that's visited there. I'm not emotionally strong so it would be really hard to see someone that means so much to me in so much pain and hurt. I really need to know what goes on. so I'd like to see more of people's reviews, if abuse is the case. why doesn't someone do something? can't they report it or something .
Jim

Lansdowne, PA

#180 Aug 27, 2012
I was in the vote program for 6 months. Most are there 1-4. These stories are complete crap. Those staff did so much for me. Especially sgt bulchi and sgt cambria. The we're both hard on me but it made me a better person. They both really cared about me becoming a better person and did anything they could to help me. - pvt behrle
Jim

Lansdowne, PA

#181 Aug 27, 2012
Steve Holland wrote:
I spent 2 months in v.c.o.r.e from december 9th to febuary 9th. I gotta say it was probably the worst 60 days of my life, but i managed to accomplish a lot while i was there. My first week, I told my case worker i wanted to kill myself, hoping i could find a way out. Although i must say i had one hell of a case worker (cpt. agosta) i remember being broken down and humiliated by almost every drill seregant in white barracks. I worked my ass off. I became stronger and more self confident than i can ever remember. I remember on christmas day the entire barracks was stuck doing p.t with drill seregant bulchie. That guy scared the shit outta me. But on some real, i left this place with the integrity i never had. I made PFC rank, and even earned a graduation medal. I just hope i never have to go back.
Yo I was Definatly booked wit u. U had to scrub blue barracks cause u said they smell

Since: Sep 12

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#182 Sep 27, 2012
Jim Souder I Hope You Still Not Working There Cause You Soon To Bee Fired You Should Not Being Working There Why Would You Wanna Take Yos Out On The Kids ? Do You Have Kids ? YOU SHOULD NOT BE WORKING THERE " This Place Needs To Be ShutDOWN !!!!!!!!!! HELL

Since: Sep 12

Location hidden

#183 Sep 27, 2012
who ever want to talk about there stay there you can EMAIL ME : wjonas393@yahoo.com '

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