2019 JJC Youth Service Professional

Marina Salinas (center) poses with representatives from the Juvenile Justice Council and from Family Service Association of Greater Elgin.

The Kane County Juvenile Justice Council would like to recognize Marina Salinas as the 2019 Youth Service Professional.  Marina was nominated by Bernadette May, Executive Director of Family Service Association of Greater Elgin where Marina is employed. Marina is described as a successful professional with an ability to empathize while holding people accountable. Her strength in establishing trust and rapport allows her to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds. The result is that issues are effectively addressed. An example of Marina’s dedication can be seen in her work with a youth who moved to the Chicago area from Central America. Using the skills described above, Marina has been able to advocate on behalf of this individual to remain in the United States while providing services to address the trauma this youth endured in her country of origin, extending treatment beyond the traditional 90 days allotted. Now in the 8th month of treatment with Marina, this youth is reported to have improved functioning in her home, community, and school.