Amanda Luoma, a corrections counselor at Arrowhead Juvenile Center (AJC), has been honored by the Minnesota Juvenile Detention Association as its Juvenile Detention Worker of the Year.
Luoma has worked for AJC since 2015, starting first on a part time basis before being quickly promoted to work in the juvenile female offender treatment program. Staff credited Luoma for her leadership skills as well as her ability to create a working alliance with the youth at AJC.
In her nomination form, staff wrote, “Amanda came to us with experience in youth mental health. This has helped our culture as other staff learn from her through watching and listening to her interactions with youth.”
Luoma is a facilitator for girls in the Girls…Moving On program. She also helps coordinate programming for AJC youth on non-school days.