Marco Hicks-Brown Named 2012 South-East Georgia Teacher of the Year DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  

Marco Hicks-Brown Named 2012 South-East Georgia Teacher of the Year for the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

Recently, Marco Hicks-Brown of the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center was named 2012 Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Teacher of the Year for the South-East Region.   Mrs. Hicks-Brown competed for the honor with teachers from eight other facilities locally and will be the region’s representative for the DJJ State Teacher of the Year awards to be held in Forsyth, Georgia on November 30th.

Marco Hicks-Brown joined the Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) as member of the education staff in 2008 after a seven year career with the Savannah-Chatham School System as a District Staffing Specialist and Special Education Teacher.  Currently, Mrs. Hicks-Brown heads up the Special Education Department at Savannah RYDC in addition to her many roles as a teacher.

Mrs. Hicks-Brown earned her Education Specialist Degree from Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee and is enrolled currently at Mercer University where she is pursuing her doctoral in in Curriculum and Instruction Program.  She is married to Jeremiah Brown and the mother of three boys.

In being named South-East Region Teacher of the Year, Ms. Hicks-Brown was cited for being an outstanding educator who performs daily in the classroom, an active participant in shaping the Savannah RYDC school program, a strong leader in the community and at home, and for her dedication towards advancing her academic standing to improve her work with the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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     Taking a Look at Bullying with the Screven County Court Services Office DJJ Staff  at:  12/4/2012  
“TAKING A LOOK AT BULLYING” WITH THE SCREVEN COUNTY CSO




 





On October 17, 2012, Ms. Nolie Burns with the Department of Juvenile Justice Screven County Court Services Office presented a “Taking a Look at Bullying” workshop to help educate and prevent the spread of bullying in our local schools.  Youth from the Hawks Enrichment Center in Sylvania gathered at the Screven County Library to listen and learn more about this important issue.  A crowd of over twenty-five students from grades 1st through 8th attended the bullying workshop along with interested helpers and parents.











Jamicia Warren and Nolie Burns at the workshop







As part of the anti-bullying workshop, students were shown a presentation on the nature of bullying and how there are different ways that one can bully or be bullied.  Using “SOCK TOT”, a stuffed pet, students participated in a give and take quiz on questions related to bullying from Ms. Burns.  Additional activities included bullying role play scenarios and how the students should handle incidents of bullying if it should happen to them. All attendees were encouraged to “tell someone” if they have been bullied or know of someone who has been or is in the process of being bullied.
















Sharon McDonald leads a bullying scenario





The Screven County Court Services Office would like to thank all participants in this great workshop including workshop group leaders Ms. Sharon McDonald and Jamicia Warren, Juvenile Program Manager Ms. Debbie Hicks, and Mr. Chris Thomas, Director of the Hawks Enrichment Center.









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     In Memoriam: Correctional Officer Larry Stell DJJ Staff  at:  10/17/2012  


In Memoriam – DOC Correctional Officer Larry Stell

The Department of Juvenile Justice extends its deepest sympathies to the men and women serving the Georgia Department of Corrections upon the loss of Correctional Officer Larry Stell.   Officer Stell died in the line of duty at Telfair State Prison the night of October 11, 2012.   He was forty-six years old.

The GBI reported Officer Stell was stabbed to death by an inmate in a Telfair Prison dormitory.  Stell had worked at Telfair since August 2011.  He was an 11-year DOC veteran Corrections Officer with previous experience at Wilcox State Prison before transferring to Telfair in August.  Messages of condolence continue to come in from throughout the country.

At the Department of Juvenile Justice, Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper told DJJ Executive Staff, “Commissioner Owens and DOC have been very supportive of DJJ and have always responded with officers and resources in our times of need.  Now, DOC needs our support in their time of need.”

A contingent of more than 40 uniformed DJJ Correctional Officers and SMRT Team members joined DOC personnel as they lined the sidewalk in front of the funeral home in Helena, Georgia, Sunday to pay respects to Officer Stell and his family and to support fellow DOC officers and their leadership team.

Because Officer Stell was attacked and killed by an inmate, Deputy Commissioner Draper also instructed DJJ facility directors to share a word of caution at every agency management meeting and shift briefing.  “No detention facility is immune to such tragedy, not even in juvenile justice,” she said.

“It is sad that it takes the death of a fellow officer to remind us that what we do every day should never be taken lightly,” said Deputy Commissioner Draper.  “The level of safety and security should never be compromised, misunderstood, or taken for granted simply because our population consists of juveniles.”

Draper said all agency staff should be constantly aware of the actions of DJJ youth and have an awareness for the climate and “feeling” of their surroundings, whether it’s in a DJJ living unit, office, or classroom.  Her advice includes DJJ Community Officers in the field conducting curfew checks and house checks of juvenile probationers.

“Safety is always the priority,” said Commissioner L. Gale Buckner.  “As we near the end of a year where 'Safety & Security' have been our watch words, we can never be too 'Safety & Security' conscious.   As we mourn the death of Officer Larry Stell, we know that when one suffers, we all suffer.  DJJ keeps the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Stell in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”


To view the Facebook Memorial Wall  at the Department of Corrections, visit
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151231166528566&set=a.252171518565.141570.143920363565&type=1&theater



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     Views from the 2012-2013 DJJ State Charitable Contributions Kick-Off Campaign DJJ Staff  at:  10/16/2012  



Views from the 2012-2013 DJJ State Charitable Contributions Kick-Off Campaign




On October 16th, the Department of Juvenile Justice hosted the 2012-2013 State Charitable Contributions Kick-Off Campaign at its Central Office in Decatur, Georgia. 




Led by Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely, the goal for this year’s campaign is for DJJ to have 100 percent participation and to raise more than $10,000 agency wide.




A spirited crowd enjoyed appeals to participate from DJJ’s own Toni Driskell, Phyllis Hall, and ShaRon Lovett Ozuem as well as presentations from representatives of Cool Girls and United Way of Atlanta. 



To learn more about the 2013 Annual Campaign for Charitable Contributions and to pledge support, visit http://www.giveattheoffice.org/_sccp



In addition, Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely has created a special video on the campaign for all DJJ staff.  To view the video, click on: http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/2013charitablevideo.html



The State Charitable Contributions Campaign ends on November 30th, but you can keep up with the campaign via the News and Views page of the DJJ website.



Thank you for your support as we Give from the Heart in 2013!
























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     2013 DJJ State Charitable Contributions Program Kickoff DJJ Staff  at:  10/15/2012  


2013 DJJ State Charitable Contributions Program Kickoff

Starting October 16th, the Department of Juvenile Justice will kick off the 2013 Give From The Heart Annual State Charitable Contributions Program.  This year’s campaign goal for DJJ is to have 100 percent participation and to raise more than $10,000 agency wide.

Last year, DJJ staff gave generously and showed why we are the agency with the biggest heart.  This year, we will do even better and prove that the dedication we show every day at work extends to all aspects of our lives.

Giving to the Charitable Contributions Campaign is easy and means the world to all the worthwhile charities that participate around the state.

To learn more about the 2013 Annual Campaign for Charitable Contributions and to pledge support, visit http://www.giveattheoffice.org/_sccp

In addition, Deputy Commissioner Michael McNeely has created a special video on the campaign for all DJJ staff.  To view the video, click on: http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/2013charitablevideo.html

The State Charitable Contributions Campaign ends on November 30th, but you can keep up with the campaign via the News and Views page of the DJJ website.

Thank you for your support as we Give from the Heart in 2013!


PLEDGE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE 2013 CAMPAIGN

Please note that due to login security concerns, the online SCCP pledge site process has been changed as of October 14th:

Returning Donor:  If employees contributed last year then they should answer “NO” to the question on the front page and click on the “I forgot my password” and a password reset message will be sent to the email address on record.

New Donor:  If an employee did not contribute last year then they should answer “YES” to the question on the front page and they will choose their department and enter their name, email address, password, and employee ID when creating a new account.

Please note all pledges made prior to October 14th are still valid. For employees that made pledges prior to October 14th, they should use the same username (home zip code + last 4 SSN), but will be required to use the “I forgot my password” link to have a password reset message sent to the email address on record.

Employees can also contact the SCCP Administrator Support (sccp.admin@earthshare.org) for additional assistance.

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