Monday, October 19, 2015

Alumni spotlight: Britney Olsen, BA Justice '08

This week's profile is the second in our series about Justice alums working for the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) at the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage. This post highlights Britney Olsen.

Britney Olsen
Photo by Mike Dineen
Britney Olsen, BA Justice '08, is a Juvenile Justice Officer III on the Transitional Services Unit at McLaughlin Youth Center (MYC). She got interested in criminology in high school, but developed a passion for working in the justice system when she settled on majoring in Justice at UAA. The best part of the job for her is “seeing youth making changes in their lives." And one of the biggest challenges is having enough time and resources with youth after their institutionalization to help support the changes they are trying to live when they return to their community.

Britney would recommend that today’s Justice majors learn Microsoft Excel, and take courses in counseling skills and  any sort of mental health and substance abuse topics. When she is away from work, spending time playing in the Alaska outdoors with her husband and two children is her favorite thing to do.