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Camp Outlook Offers Troubled Teens Real-World Interview Skills

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CONNELL, Wash. - Teens in trouble could find themselves at Camp Outlook, Washington's Juvenile Offender Basic Training Camp outside Connell. It centers around military structure, treatment and education. 

The facility offers a year-old program that brings in local business leaders to talk with the kids and teach them interviewing skills.

"This trainee doesn't know how to explain it that good but having people see this trainee like, not in a bad way but a good way," said 17-year-old Clemente Garcia. Pride was written all over his face as he completed his first mock interview. All trainees are required to speak of themselves in third person and everyone else is referred to as 'sir' or 'maam.'

"The level of respect that they treat us with is extremely uncommon outside this facility with teenagers. It's kind of a breath of fresh air," said BF Power Vac owner, Shawn Mattoon.

The Juvenile Justice and Rehabilitation Administration tasked juvenile detention centers with focusing more on transitioning the troubled teens back into society. That's when Bryan Lawson came up with the mock interview idea.

"The first time we did it, it just blew up. We just were going what have we stumbled onto? And from there it's just continued," said Lawson, a teacher at Camp Outlook.

The program is garnering attention from other juvenile detention centers around the state. However, while the mock interviews make obvious impacts on the teens the business leaders are impacted, too.

"What's funny is they walk away from this experience and they say, I gained so much. They tell me thank you, and I'm going, no thank you," Lawson said.

"This is a good opportunity for us to show them that people do care in the community. There is life after juvenile detention, they don't have to stay products of the system," Mattoon said.

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