This is a  staff list for Alternative Youth Academy in Alpharetta, GA

(aka Advancing Youth's Academy)

(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)

 

 

[Video Description: Episode 43 features an interview with retired Police Captain Charles Kennedy, HEAL AL Coordinator, regarding his efforts to get justice for victims and permanently close Restoration Youth Academy. Restoration Youth Academy (RYA) is/was also known as Saving Youth Foundation and was co-founded by William Knott, a former Bethel Boys Academy staffer who was responsible for much of the worst abuses at that facility. Alternative Youth Academy, claimed by RYA to be its sister program in Georgia, remains open.]

 

We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Alternative Youth Academy (aka Advancing Youth's Academy).  For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm.  If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Alternative Youth Academy (aka Advancing Youth's Academy) , you have the right to take action. 

 

If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Alternative Youth Academy (aka Advancing Youth's Academy), please contact info@heal-online.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years.  This will help!   Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.

 

HEAL is recommends no child be placed at Alternative Youth Academy (aka Advancing Youth's Academy).

 

Name

Unit/Position

Additional Information
Rommys Chad (aka Rommys Beltran Director Chad holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/ and http://services.georgia.gov/dch/mebs/performSearch.do
Brigitte Paraham Psychologist Paraham holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
Stephen M. Mathis Psychologist Mathis is a licensed psychologist in Georgia, but, currently on probation due to a finding that Mathis engaged in apparent fraud by delegating responsibilities to an unqualified individual and allowing that individual to claim professional qualifications where none existed.  Sources: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/mylicense%20weblookup/docs/2012_1222_psy001598_001.pdf and https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
Mike Montoya Staff Montoya holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
Christopher Ellis Staff Ellis appears to be a licensed registered professional nurse in GA.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
Abid Ali Staff Ali holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
David Alessi Staff Alessi holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
"Sgt." Nicholson Staff HEAL requires Nicholson's full name in order to perform any licensure/qualification verifications.
Chastity Ellison Staff Ellison holds no professional licenses in Georgia.  Source: https://secure.sos.state.ga.us/myverification/
*(Alternative Youth Academy , like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices.  Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience.  Thank you for your help.)
HEAL is in the process of reviewing the enrollment documents for this program.  We appreciate your patience in regards to our reviews.  Thank you.
It is HEAL's understanding that Alternative Youth Academy (aka Advancing Youth's Academy) is a sister program to Restoration Youth Academy in Alabama.  We have included some links and articles below regarding Restoration Youth Academy to assist readers in understanding the programs at RYA/AYA programs.
External Link: http://blog.al.com/live/2012/05/post_196.html
External Link:

Prichard Boot Camp Threatened with Eviction

(PRICHARD, Ala.) - Prichard’s embattled boot camp for troubled teens was threatened with eviction at city council Thursday night.

“[Restoration Youth Academy] owes the city and needs to pay up,” Councilwoman Earlene Martin-Harris said. “It was my recommendation that we begin the eviction process right now.”

After it was revealed the boot camp was operating for two years without paying rent, the city demanded RYA founder Pastor John Young get an appraisal of the property, obtain a business license, and pay $27,000 in back rent. As of Thursday meeting, Young still owed $19,000.

“All I’m asking for is a little mercy, five months [to pay],” Young pleaded to council members.

Young said he could pay the $19,000 immediately, but he would not be able to afford payroll and feed the teens. The rest of the city council rejected Martin-Harris’ motion to start the eviction process and stood behind RYA.

“Are we hard hearted that we won’t give these kids the opportunity to be successful?” Council President Herman Towner said. “It’s going to be another vacant building. We’re going to pass up on money, and that don’t make any sense.”

Under the deal brokered at the meeting, RYA must pay back rent in full after five months. In addition, the boot camp must also pay $1,500 in current rent each month.

RYA has been plagued by allegations of abuse, though the district attorney has said there is no credible evidence supporting the claims. It was also revealed the head drill instructor, William Knott, came from Bethel Boys Academy in Mississippi, which shut down following a major class action lawsuit alleging serious abuse. The lawsuit alleged Knott “planned, orchestrated, and directed the abuses”.

Source: http://www.local15tv.com/news/local/story/Prichard-Boot-Camp-Threatened-with-Eviction/NGkWt6Hkf0eYAUoFELYijw.cspx

2 Investigates: Police raid Roswell school for troubled teens | www.wsbtv.com 2 Investigates: Police raid Roswell school for troubled teens  2 246 16 329 Related View Larger  A joint Channel 2 Action News and Telemundo investigation uncovered 30 police reports at the school since 2012. Sponsored Links Developing local stories-Every Day 4-7pm ROSWELL, Ga. — Channel 2 Action News was there Friday night as police raided a private school for troubled teens. We’ve been looking into Advancing Youth's Academy on Holcomb Bridge Road for months after parents brought us concerns about its accreditation and other issues. A joint Channel 2 Action News and Telemundo investigation uncovered 30 police reports at the school since 2012. Officers didn't say much as they arrived and left the school, but they were inside for more than two hours. Parents we talked to said the school's leader misled them about being accredited. Our camera got video of officers who identified themselves as Roswell Police inside the school. We saw them taking photographs, and later, watched them leave with containers. “I have too many emotions right now,” said parent Rhonda Repasz. Rhonda and Rob Repasz told us they enrolled their son in the school, which advertises itself as specializing in helping troubled teens, to be proactive They told us the school's leader said the school is accredited and re-enrolling their son in public school would not be a problem. “It was very deceitful and it was hurtful and they knew it and intentionally did it,” Rhonda Repasz said. But when the family took their son’s transcript to Forsyth County, they said the school district told them their son's credits wouldn't count because Advancing Youth’s Academy is not accredited. “What bothers me the most is there's a ton of students over there right now who don't know that they are going through the same thing,” Rhonda Repasz said. We confronted the school's dean Friday about the issue. She admitted the school is not accredited and denied telling parents otherwise. “Not even our transcripts say that. People are just taking this to another level,” Rommys Beltran said. We also asked about the 30 police reports Channel 2 Action News obtained through an open records request showing incidents at the school in recent years ranging from "false imprisonment" to "battery." We're working to learn if those reports led to any charges. “The police reports, several kids run away, fighting, we work with troubled teens, what do you want?” Beltran said. Channel 2 Action News is working to find out what police were looking for as they searched the school. We will also continue to checking on the complaints made against this school and will have more reports in the days and weeks ahead.  Source: http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-police-raid-roswell-school-troubled/nnPPp/

 

 Last Updated: June 22nd, 2016

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