West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.


West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.


West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.


West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.


West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.


Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.


Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Announces Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Program Grant Awards

CHARLESTON, W.Va –Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced today that his office has awarded $132,950 in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Grant Program funds. These funds are awarded to public and private non-profit agencies throughout the State for the purpose of preventing juvenile delinquency, rehabilitating juvenile offenders, and improving the juvenile justice system in West Virginia.
The Division of Justice and Community Services administers this program from funds provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act Formula Grant Program.
Funds were awarded to the following:


East End Family Resource Center

These funds will be utlized to provide After School Program Academic and Art Enrichment, Music Mentors, KEYS 4 Healthy Kids, physical activities, "All Stars and "Too Good For Drugs" drug abuse prevention and awareness programs, and a mentoring program.
Contact: Carolyn Wesley, (304) 344-1656, cwesley@wvdsl.net

Kanawha Institute for Social Research & Action, Inc. (KISRA)

These funds will be utilized by the Harambee Learning Center to provide a safe and drug-free haven that focuses on increasing protective factors and reducing risk factors, thereby encouraging resiliency in children who attend school in Kanawha County.
Contact: Angela Dobson, (304) 768-8924, angie@kisra.org


Mingo County Commission
These funds will be utilized to provide a program for at-risk youth which includes prevention programming, physical fitness and nutrition education, and community service projects.
Contact: Lara Fox, (304) 664-3986, foxatvlodge@yahoo.com


Monongalia County Commission

These funds will be utilized to implement VOICES, a delinquency intervention program for girls that decreases the level of juvenile/status offender crime by teenage girls by utilizing gender specific intervention programming to high risk/delinquent teen females.
Contact: Danny H. Trejo, (304) 284-7321, maysp1@yahoo.com

Mountaineer Boys and Girls Club
These funds will be utilized to undertake system improvements that will reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) and model programs that will enable minority teens to become successful.
Contact: Dennis Poluga, (304) 292-7510, dpoluga@westco.net


Youth Services System, Inc.

These funds will be utilized to implement Aggression Replacement Training (ART) for youth ages 12-21 identified as at-risk with the goal of preventing them from entering the Juvenile Justice System.
Contact: Jill Eddy, (304) 233-9627, jeddy@ysswv.com


West Virginia Child Advocacy Network
These funds will be utilized to ensure that West Virginia children in need have access to trauma-focused treatment interventions that have proven to be effective, making certain West Virginia mental health service providers are aware of and have access to training and consultation for integrating trauma-focused evidence based therapy in to their practice with children, thereby aiding in delinquency prevention.
Contact: Trudy Laurenson, (304) 414-4455, trudylaur@yahoo.com

West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals

These funds will be utilized for a full-time Disproportionate Minority Contact Coordinator's salary, benefits, training, and travel as well as fund a portion of a statistical analyst's salary.
Contact: Angela D. Saunders, (304) 558-0145, Angela.Saunders@courtswv.gov

Division of Justice and Community Services Contact:
Miranda K. Nabers
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Division of Justice and Community Services
1204 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, West Virginia 25301
(304) 558-8814, extension 53331

Contact Information

Jacqueline Proctor or Miranda Nabers
304-558-2000 or 304-558-8814