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March 16, 2013

Noble native receives 30-year pin for work with troubled children

NORMAN —  

Noble native, Marvin Hill, recently received his 30-year pin from the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs. Hill, graduated from Noble High School in 1977, earned his degree in social work from East Central State University in 1981 and has worked with the state of Oklahoma helping youth his entire career.

After graduating from college, Hill started as a social worker with the Child Welfare Unit, Department of Human services, where he investigated child abuse for just over three years. Hill said in April 1985, he went to work with delinquent kids and “have been there ever since in different capacities. I’ve done a lot of different programs over the years, always associated with the kids who were at odds with the law.”

Hill has held many positions in Court Related and Community Services in Cleveland County and other areas within the Office of Juvenile Affairs including Juvenile Probation/Parole Counselor, Assistant District Supervisor, Program Manager, Administrator of Programs, Central Oklahoma Juvenile Center and is currently Assistant Division Director, Community-Based Youth Services Division.

Hill’s cousin, Bob Usry, said Hill always had a passion for helping youth.

“Marvin’s sister, Marilyn always had a thing about stray dogs and that’s the way Marvin is about kids,” Usry said. “Some boys (in the system) would get to a certain age and he buys those boys a new shirt, starches it and takes them out looking for a job. He took a girl out to eat because it was her birthday.” Usry added, “He has helped so many become better people when the odds were against them for the homes they came out of. He’s just a tremendous individual.”

Of kids who were aging out of the system or whose cases were about to close, sometimes Hill would see needs where there was no place to get help. Humble to the core, he said, “We as social workers and staff would come up with things like furniture and clothes for these kids. When you work with kids, you care about them. You try to give them a leg up and give them a start.”

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