Backbone Mountain Youth Center

Governor Hogan Visits Backbone Mountain Youth Center

Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan Holding Changing Maryland for the Better Plaque 

On December 6th, Governor Hogan visited Backbone Mountain Youth Center during a four-day tour of Western Maryland. The staff and youth were very excited to welcome the Governor and First Lady to the youth center. Upon his arrival, Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan toured the center’s grounds and had an opportunity to see where the young men live while committed to Backbone Mountain. They visited the sleeping quarters, the cafeteria, the school, and the wood shop where the youth learn special carpenter skills. These skills consist of woodworking such as constructing furniture and carving wooden plaques. As a keepsake, the youth presented the Governor and First Lady with a “Changing Maryland for the Better” plaque which was made especially for the Governor. At the end, a youth showed the Governor how the plaque was made and how to use the CarveWright CNC machine.

Backbone Mountain Youth Center serves up to 48 male youth who have been ordered by the courts to receive treatment services. The treatment program serves male youth between the ages of 14 and 18 and typically lasts for six to nine months. The center provides dietary, medical, educational and counseling services as well as space for recreation. In addition to receiving services, youth residing at Backbone Mountain Youth Center attend school in the facility year round, five days a week for six hours a day.

Governor Hogan Visits Backbone Mountain Youth Center Photo Album