DJJ Cares: Muscogee County CSO DJJ Staff  at:  3/22/2017  
DJJ Cares: Muscogee County CSO


On March 20, 2017, DJJ Muscogee County CSO staff and youth participated in a two-hour Service Learning Project at Feeding the Valley Food Bank. Feeding the Valley is a regional food bank in Columbus and is the outlet for receiving and distributing donated food, produce and grocery products.



Thirteen DJJ staff and six youth supervised by the CSO were educated on the impact of hunger on Georgia families while they boxed eight pallets of nonperishable food items that will feed 687 families throughout the Columbus-Phoenix City, Alabama area.










 



 


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     PBIS at DJJ: Loftiss RYDC FET Award DJJ Staff  at:  3/22/2017  
PBIS at DJJ: Loftiss RYDC FET Award

Photos and information from Statewide PBIS Administrator Janette Nihles


Recently, the Loftiss Regional Youth Detention Center’s (Loftiss RYDC) Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Team (PBIS) accepted a statewide award for having the highest overall Facility Evaluation Tool (FET) score for PBIS organizations at the Department of Juvenile Justice. FET testing is conducted twice per year to gauge the effectiveness of the PBIS program in specific juvenile facilities. This year, FET testing was overseen by Dr. Kristine Jolivette of the University of Alabama to help ensure the objectivity of the process. The Loftiss RYDC staff was presented the award at the PBIS Statewide Facility Team Leader Training.

PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 23,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students.

To learn more about PBIS at DJJ, visit http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/pbisatdjj/.






 





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     Dougherty CSO and Lanier CSO: Read Across America Day 2017 DJJ Staff  at:  3/9/2017  
Dougherty CSO and Lanier CSO: Read Across America Day 2017


Photos and support from District Ten Director Steven Mancuso. Article by Maria Rondel of the Department of Communications

Recently, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) took part in Read Across America Day 2017. Staff members from the Dougherty and Lanier Community Services Offices (Dougherty CSO and Lanier CSO) participated by volunteering to read to students from the Lamar Reese Magnet School of the Arts in Albany and the Lanier County Primary School in Lakeland.

Read Across America Day is a nationwide reading celebration coordinated by the National Education Association (NEA) that takes place on the birthday of famed children's author Dr. Seuss. Each year, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring the joy of reading and books to local youth.

This year, DJJ staff members (all JPPS II) Afiya Askew, Linfred Davis and Tabitha Watson helped to make Read Across America a success in south Georgia. By reading stories and leading a discussion on the books read, the Dougherty and Lanier CSO staff sparked imaginations and encouraged reading as a worthwhile pursuit.

Following the success of this year's Read Across America Day, DJJ plans on bringing in more volunteers to staff additional schools across the state next year.

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child." – Dr. Seuss



JPPS II Afiya Askew


JPPS II Linfred Davis


JPPS II Tabitha Watson



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     DJJ Views from the 2017 Polar Plunge DJJ Staff  at:  3/6/2017  
DJJ Views from the 2017 Polar Plunge


Photos from Victim Services Director Latera Davis. Story by Maria Rondel of the Department of Communications

Over 250 participants took plunge in the chilly waters of Lake Acworth February 25, when the Special Olympics of Georgia hosted its eighth annual Polar Plunge fundraiser.

The funds raised during the campaign go towards programs for more than 1,400 athletes statewide. This year, over $115,000 was raised on the day of (as well as during the two-week long campaign prior to) the plunge. The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was one of the contributors. DJJ staff members collected nearly $3,500 to go towards Georgia Special Olympics programs.

Among the participants were Boy Scout troops, law enforcement staff, school teachers, radio hosts and many others. A former NBA star, and now an Atlanta-based business owner, Shaquille O’Neal, also paid a visit to the event. Although, O’Neal did not risk plunging in the cold waters, he did take numerous pictures with the visitors and Polar Plunge participants, and even judged the event’s costume contest.

Overall, this year's fundraiser was deemed a success, and there are already plans to hold the Polar Plunge at Lake Acworth again next year.



DJJ Plungers including Victim Services Director Latera Davis and DJJ Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper










NBA great Shaquille O'Neal at the Polar Plunge




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     Elbert Shaw RYDC PBIS Team Announces Employee of the Month Program DJJ Staff  at:  3/6/2017  
Elbert Shaw RYDC PBIS Team Announces Employee of the Month Program



Story support from Elbert Shaw Assistant Facility Director Douglas Hartline


The Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (Elbert Shaw RYDC) is pleased to announce its newly instituted Employee of the Month Recognition Program for the facility’s Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Each month, the Elbert Shaw RYDC PBIS Team will highlight the quality work of a deserving employee.

The first Elbert Shaw RYDC Employee of the Month is Mrs. April Baker. She began her DJJ career in January 2013 in Food Services before moving into Security in April 2013. Most recently, Baker began work with the Elbert Shaw RYDC Education division.

During her time at the Elbert Shaw RYDC, she has been a positive asset to all of her co-workers. Staying current with her Post-Certification education, Baker is able to assist in many areas throughout the facility. Her co-workers rave about the work ethic of Mrs. Baker stating that “she will literally help anyone who needs it” and that she is “excited and enthusiastic about her job, setting an example for all others.”

The Elbert Shaw RYDC PBIS staff congratulates April Baker for her outstanding achievement.



 


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