PBIS and The Emanuel Project: Crisp RYDC DJJ Staff  at:  1/20/2015  

PBIS AND THE EMANUEL PROJECT: CRISP RYDC



Story support from Nora Carter, The Emanuel Project


The students at the Crisp Regional Youth Detention Center (Crisp RYDC) found the "Eye of the Tiger" and more with the recent completion of a detailed mural in a wall in the Education Department of the facility. Part of a joint effort of The Emanuel Project (http://emanuelproject.org/) and the Department of Juvenile Justice's Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program (http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/pbisatdjj/), the mural was two months of hard work for the Crisp youth in its planning and painting.


The Emanuel Project is a visual arts program for at risk youth with current concentration on incarcerated youth. The project was initiated in response to the need to engage incarcerated youth between the ages of 12-21 in their curriculum, and to decrease behavioral incidents while increasing their self-esteem. The Emanuel Project takes a multi-dimensional approach to reaching incarcerated youth, through research based curriculum and instruction, incentive programs, art therapy and vocational programs. By utilizing the tools in each of these areas, students, instructors and facilities as a whole are benefited.


The mural work at the Crisp RYDC is an important component of the PBIS program. The behavior of all of the youth who participated in the mural was exceptional as punctual attendance and positive attitudes were required of all painters. This positive outlook was also shared and expanded by all of the teachers involved in the project: the behavior of the youth working on the mural is a testimony to the teachers who instruct and inspire. Art truly is a motivational tool for everyone who gets to experience it.


Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (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 19,000 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 school climate for all students.


The Department of Juvenile Justice would like thank all the students and teachers who helped make this mural possible. Additional thanks goes to Nora Carter of The Emanuel Project and the PBIS Coordinator for South Georgia Lorr Elias.




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     Eastman Job Fair on January 20th: Juvenile Correctional Officer I DJJ Staff  at:  1/13/2015  

EASTMAN JOB FAIR ON JANUARY 20TH:
JUVENILE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER I



On January 20, 2015, the Department of Juvenile Justice will be hosting a JOB FAIR at the Eastman Youth Development Campus (Eastman YDC) from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Eastman YDC is located at 176 Freamon Graham Boulevard in Eastman, Georgia.


The Eastman YDC JOB FAIR will be hiring Juvenile Correctional Officer I (JCO1) candidates ONLY. All prospective applicants will need to bring:



  • High School Diploma/GED

  • Birth Certificate

  • Social Security Card

  • Valid Driver's License

  • Compass Scores (Reading 70, Writing 32)

  • POST Certification

  • DD214 Long Form with Indicated Discharge

  • Selective Service Form (for males between the ages of 18 and 26)

  • Naturalization Forms is a NON-US Citizen


For more information, contact 478-374-6900 or email charlottehoward@djj.state.ga.us.






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     DJJ Central Office EOM January 2015: Chrissy Kaczynski DJJ Staff  at:  1/8/2015  


Congratulations to Chrissy Kaczynski -- Selected Central Office
Employee of the Month for January 2015!

Recently hired as DJJ’s Animal Program Coordinator, new employee Chrissy Kaczynski has already impacted the Department in very positive and lasting ways. Since May 2014, Chrissy developed and implemented DJJ’s newly-formed Rescue-2-Restore Animal Program (R2R) and made it a very successful and high profile public venture.


Chrissy Kaczynski
DJJ Central Office Employee of the Month

Chrissy has attracted the attention of news media in the Georgia and surrounding areas as she was interviewed for TV stations in Atlanta, Columbus, Savannah, Dalton, and Chattanooga, as well as for newspaper articles throughout the state that included the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and with pending TV news requests in Augusta and Macon. She has also received national interest from ABC World News for a feature on Rescue-2-Restore. Chrissy’s interview for Life with Dogs national magazine has a readership of more than 1 million people. With all of the media attention, Chrissy always focuses on the youth and the dogs and the positive impact that they have on each other. She always speaks highly about the Department and about the support the department has given this program.

With the assistance of the Communications Unit, Chrissy developed and launched a website linked to the DJJ News & Views website to explain the program and advertise the adoptable dogs that have completed the program.

She developed the Rescue-2-Restore logo and the Face Book page that she maintains on a daily basis, garnering close to 5,000 “likes” with endless comments about the positive aspects of this program. She has also developed an account through DJJ financial services where donations can be received to assist in sustaining the program.



In addition to the Rescue 2 Restore programs currently located at Elbert Shaw RYDC and Muscogee YDC, Chrissy has concrete plans to move the program forward at Atlanta YDC, Gainesville RYDC and Macon YDC with tentative plans for Augusta YDC. She has visited and conducted animal program events at every facility under the supervision of the DJJ. Her interaction between the dogs and DJJ youth is amazing. Youth who walk in to an event carrying their tough “street” façade are soon sitting on the floor loving and playing with the dogs or throwing a ball and truly acting like a kid! Every youth wants to be in the program and every facility has requested the program.

Chrissy works in a team environment with other division employees. She has worked with the Engineering department, lending her expertise on kennels and dogs in the planning and construction of the kennels for the furtherance of R2R. She has directly worked with Behavioral Health and Programs in developing a protocol to choose the “right” youth for the programs. She has worked with Community Services and has set up community-based programs where youth can earn community service hours working with several shelters. Chrissy has worked very diligently with Secure Facilities to organize programs and events for DJJ youth and was instrumental in the Construction Class at Sumter YDC where youth in an outreach program built dog houses for delivery by way of Lifeline Rescue.

Chrissy Kaczynski is a nationally known animal advocate has used her contacts in the animal rescue world to further the Rescue-2-Restore program and positively impact the youth. She is one of the hardest working and dedicated individuals the agency has seen and the impact she has had on the department, the youth and the dogs is profound.

Thank you and congratulations Chrissy Kaczynski, for all your hard work and dedication. “One Team – One Mission”



Avery D. Niles, Commissioner
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice



NOMINATION PROCESS
DJJ’s Employee of the Month Recognition Program
– How Nominees Are Selected


Beginning January 2015, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice kicks-off its first “Employee of the Month” program for Central Office employees. Names of nominees are selected by the DJJ Executive Team from members of their units or divisions and submitted to be recognized as the Central Office Employee of the Month. Included with the nomination is a one page write-up detailing why the staff member should be given consideration to be selected Employee of the Month.

Then each month, the Nomination Committee makes their selection for the employee to receive public appreciation the following month. The written nomination is reviewed and signed by Commissioner Avery D. Niles and posted for public recognition on the DJJ “News & Views” website. Each nominee selected by the committee will be recognized at a monthly DJJ Board Meeting and entitled to use the Employee of the Month parking space reserved at Central Office.

The DJJ Central Office Employee of the Month award is intended to recognize and support those stand-out DJJ team members who bring additional motivation, determination and vigor to the workplace through their personal ethics, advocacy, positive attitudes and innovative solutions to impact the professional challenges faced by their dedicated colleagues and the troubled youth they serve.




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     DJJ in the Community: Spalding and Pike County CSO Team Up with HITS DJJ Staff  at:  1/7/2015  

DJJ IN THE COMMUNITY: SPALDING AND PIKE COUNTY CSO TEAM UP WITH HITS



By Stephanie D. Blokzyl
DJJ Spalding and Pike County Correspondent

Two days before Christmas, our Spalding and Pike County Court Service Office and HITS Team sponsored a holiday party for the youth we serve.




We began their celebration with an event that helped ease their concerns about providing presents for the other kids in their families. It really made their day when we invited them to come to the Spalding CSO office and pick out stuffed animals for their sisters and brothers.




After that we had a great turnout at the Magnolia Bowling Alley in Griffin, Georgia. Seventeen of our youth and six adults came to the Christmas bowling party. Out of 17 young bowlers, 15 confessed they had never been to a bowling alley before and only two knew bowling was such a fun and inexpensive pastime.



We had a lot of good holiday food and we gave away prizes to every youth. Our youth took home Christmas gift bags filled with their favorite candy, pens and pencils. We also provided them with combs and brushes and personal hygiene items such as shampoo, soap, body wash and conditioner.

This Christmas party was a genuine community-supported event that simply would not have been possible without generous donations from so many of our concerned local sponsors and businesses. Food and snacks for the special holiday occasion were donated by local grocery and dessert stores. Chicken, pizza and pork barbecue came from local restaurants.




Coupons, gift cards and anonymous donations from local partnering businesses helped fill holiday gift bags with the essentials provided to our youth. The Department of Juvenile Justice Court Service Office and HITS Team from Spalding and Pike County could not have prepared this holiday event without contributions from all these generous local businesses.




The Department of Juvenile Justice Court Service Office and HITS Team is grateful for the wide-ranging support from our Spalding and Pike County partners. The response we received from many of our youth was how much they enjoyed their very first bowling party and their willingness to try other new activities and positive experiences in the future. We thank our community supporters for helping us make this a happy Christmas season for our youth to enjoy and remember.



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     DIVISION OF TRAINING AND PERSONNEL SERVICES: LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT DJJ DJJ Staff  at:  1/6/2015  

DIVISION OF TRAINING AND PERSONNEL SERVICES:
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AT DJJ



During the second week of December, the Division of Training and Personnel Services and the DJJ Leadership Institute conducted a collaborative leadership training session with the National Institute of Corrections. This training focused on DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles' priority of "Recruitment, Retention, and Succession Planning" and represents an investment by the Department of Juvenile Justice in the continued learning, engagement, and professional development of all of its employees.


The NIC Correctional Leadership Development Program was presented to senior level DJJ leaders in facility, community, and Central Office locations. Participants were selected by their supervisors and provided with pre-course reading material to prepare for the program. The course was attended by nineteen DJJ personnel from across Georgia.


Among the program outcomes included:




  • Articulation of the Leadership Challenge Model focusing on five key leadership practices



  • Assessments of current individual leadership styles and practices



  • Use of selected instruments to assess leadership styles in various areas



  • Exercise writing and planning skills to develop a personal leadership essay



  • Application of leadership practices with individuals and groups in their current assignments



  • Exploration of the connections between personal wellness, self-assessment, insight and leadership




From the standpoint of the attendees, the NIC Correctional Leadership Development Program was a huge success. One hundred percent of the participants agreed the program better prepared them to be more effective at their jobs.


Some of the comments on the class were:




  • "Excellent course. A great value for developing leaders!"



  • "This course has allowed me to challenge my thinking more. Great!"



  • "This course was AMAZING!! Very, very informative and allowed for me to reflect on things I've not had time to do."



  • "All of the instructors were awesome....They were very well versed in the leadership perspective."



  • " I would highly recommend this class for other future leaders at DJJ."



The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank the Division of Training and Personnel and all of the participants in the NIC Correctional Leadership Development Program for making this first class a huge success. For more information about the classes of the DJJ Leadership Institute (DLI), visit them on their website at:




http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjleadershipinstitute/




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