Story support and photos by District Nine Director Rusty Rodgers
Earlier this month, the Lyons Police Department and Toombs Sheriff's Department hosted the 3rd Annual Lyons Night Out to support National Night Out. The Department of Juvenile Justice was proud to participate in this effort which brought together community groups to showcase local law enforcement. Partnering with Family Connections and the Lyons Fire Department, DJJ helped staff educational booths that provided citizens information about car seat safety, helped distribute children's books and taught children the importance of dental hygiene. Inflated bounce houses were set up for the entertainment of young attendees and a cookout lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers was also provided.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer and better places to live. Effective crime prevention begins with strong neighborhoods and strong community relationships.
Story support and photos from Office of Classification and Transportation (OCATS) Director Lisa Casey Bryson
On August 23rd, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal joined citizens from across the state in helping deserving students through the 2016 Governor's School Supply Drive. Similar to the Department of Juvenile Justice's Repack the Backpack program in which school supplies were collected and donated to local shelters, schools and other community-based organizations, Governor Deal's School Supply Drive took place at the Georgia State Capitol where citizens, legislators, educators, policy makers, and other state employees all gave back to our most necessitous students. DJJ was proud to help assist Governor Deal with the donation of specialty bags for the delivery of the school supplies statewide. Special thanks and recognition goes out to Georgia Chief Financial Officer Teresa McCartney and Governor Deal's Education Outreach Coordinator Pam Williams for their participation in this worthy campaign.
Governor Nathan Deal and State Employees with collected school supplies
Governor Deal's Education Outreach Coordinator Pam Williams and Chief Financial Officer Teresa McCartney
Bags used for the school supply distribution were donated by the Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Classification and Transportation
Story support by District Two Director Todd Bentley and White County CSO Program Assistant Ashley Bates
This summer, the White County Community Services Office (White County CS0) started a collection drive to help the No One Alone (NOA) program in Dahlonega, Georgia. NOA is a domestic violence shelter that take donations for women and children escaping violence in North Georgia. DJJ youth and White CSO employees have been providing clothing and other materials to help the women and children of the NOA shelter meet their daily needs.
Since No One Alone's doors first opened in 1992, NOA has assisted over 15,000 victims through shelter and support services. The impact of NOA’s work remains visible today in the lives of the victims served. In addition to providing emergency shelter, the program offers a 24-hour crisis line, case management, financial assistance, life skills groups, parenting classes, individual counseling and support groups, legal advocacy, and educational scholarships to help victims and their children achieve safety and stability. To learn more about No One Alone, visit them on the web at https://noonealone.org/.
DJJ in the Community: Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program
Story support from DJJ District Eleven Director Patricia Merritt
During this summer, DJJ youth from Chatham participated in the City of Savannah's Pre-Apprentice Program (SPAP) overseen by the Chatham-Savannah Metropolitan Police Department. Taking place over seven weeks, the goals of the SPAP is to build youth competency through the development of life skills and work experience in a healthy mentoring environment. In addition to the structural benefits of SPAP, the Chatham youth were also eligible to be paid for up to twenty hours per week and up to $7.25 an hour, not a bad way for 14 to 17 year olds to make supplemental income while gaining experience.
Youth who participated in SPAP learned how to manage conflict, how to develop a personal health regiment, administrative and resume building skills, and the importance of professional hygiene and dress. Working on sites managed by the City of Savannah, participating youth were given a chance to take work readiness classes and receive additional educational benefits. Some of the education opportunities included tutorials in math and reading, financial literacy, cultural enrichment, and the ability to be involved in community service/service learning projects. As an additional perk, Chatham youth were able to take field trips to the Geechee Kunda and Telfair Museums and able to participate in community beautification projects in Downtown Savannah and the adjacent neighborhoods.
The Department of Juvenile Justice is a proud partner of the Savannah Pre-Apprentice Program along with other local agencies such as the Chatham County Juvenile Court. Chatham High Intensity Team Supervision (Chatham HITS) staff provided oversight and support to the participating youth. As a result, the Chatham HITS Team received an award for their dedication by local law enforcement and Savannah city officials. To learn more about the program, visit http://scmpd.org/savannahpreapprentice/.
Chatham MSC and HITS Staff: Brian Melvin, Chavi Cheatham, JPM Monefa Murdock-Bey, Dominick Davis, Bactisa Fletcher
JPO2 Dominick Davis holds the Award honoring Chatham DJJ’s support of the SPAP. This award was given to DJJ during the SPAP Youth Graduation
National Night Out is a community-law enforcement awareness event held across the United States. Held the first Tuesday in August, National Night Out is meant to increase education about law enforcement programs such as drug prevention, neighborhood watch, and other anti-crime efforts.
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. National Night Out now involves over 37 million people and 15,000 communities from all fifty states, U.S. Territories, Canadian cities, and military bases worldwide. The traditional “lights on” campaign and symbolic front porch vigils turned into a celebration across America with various events and activities including, but not limited to, block parties, cookouts, parades, visits from emergency personnel, rallies and marches, exhibits, youth events, safety demonstrations and seminars, in effort to heighten awareness and enhance community relations.
In Georgia, the Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to partner with host communities across the state for National Night Out. To learn more about National Night Out, visit http://www.natw.org/.
In Macon-Bibb County more than three hundred senior citizens came out to support National Night Out. Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis also stopped by to offer his support and to answer questions from the crowd.