Collaborative leader helps build stronger community
In Mountain Democrat by Dina Gentry.
El Dorado County Chief Probation Officer Brian Richart’s recent appointment to the Board of State and Community Corrections by the governor validates his commitment to service, community and effective leadership at the local and state level.
His passion for community impact and his collaborative efforts … have created transformative programs that inspire and leave a positive, lasting impact on many.
Richart is proud of…the launch of Northern California Construction Training in El Dorado County. This nonprofit construction pre-apprenticeship training program is offered to justice-involved individuals, supervised by Probation or Parole, and adolescent/adult students not involved in the justice system. Students receive training in the classroom as well as hands-on building experience in construction trades under the supervision of a journeyman carpenter. The training culminates with the opportunity to move straight into union-supported employment. This collaborative effort boasts an 80% job placement success rate.
Richart’s recent appointment to the BSCC extends his reach beyond El Dorado County. He said he views this as an opportunity for the county to showcase its unique approach to addressing community issues at the state level. By participating in the board’s activities, he also gains exposure to cutting-edge opportunities for funding and valuable relationships that can positively influence the local area.
Richart’s vision for El Dorado County centers on the well-being of its youth. He said he thinks the county’s young residents are its greatest asset. Because their development directly impacts the county’s future, it is incumbent upon all child and family-serving professionals to give them their best effort. Richart emphasizes the importance of providing a holistic system of care for children, especially to the vulnerable and those who have experienced trauma.
Most recently, he partnered with EDCOE and Lake Tahoe Community College to provide youth residing in the Juvenile Treatment Center access to the “Leave No Trace” Career Technical Education course. The course exposes youth to the idea that they can attend college and be responsible citizens in the community.
“Juvenile justice can be a pathway from challenging circumstances to getting back on track. We want to prepare children to become successful adults,” Richart said.
In El Dorado County, Richart’s commitment to collaboration and community improvement is an inspiring example of dedicated individuals’ impact. His vision for a brighter future and his service-oriented drive promotes positive change for El Dorado County and California.
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