Keeping Juveniles on Track
Jennifer Hack has always been interested in the criminal justice field, and her calling to assist youth in the juvenile probation system has led to real-world experience at the Berks County Probation Office. Through her practicum, she has an inside look at evidence-based practices that guide treatment, identify triggers, prevent future occurrences and help diffuse situations among troubled youth.
“I want to be someone who helps guide troubled youth, getting them the help and support they need. I feel that it is important for young adults to know that even if they make mistakes, there are people out there who are willing to help them,” said Hack, a criminal justice major who’s on target to complete requirements in December 2018.
“This practicum was a great way to open my eyes and realize what I want to do in the future.”
Raised in the City of Reading by a single mother, Hack is now a married mother of three children, juggling part-time work, family and school. “My mother’s work ethic was a big influence on me. She taught me that you have to work hard to get the things you want in life. I’ve learned to grow from my mistakes and be humbled by my success.”
Hack previously graduated from Reading Area Community College with as associate degree in criminal justice in 2003 and works as a part-time supervisor for Earthrise, a nonprofit business affiliated with the Berks County Juvenile Probation Office. This position guided her decision to return to Alvernia for her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice administration.
Class of 2019
Criminal Justice Administration Major