Sumter YDC: A Visit from Marquis Daniels DJJ Staff  at:  1/12/2017  
Sumter YDC: A Visit from Marquis Daniels





Story information and photos from Director of Victim and Volunteer Services Latera Davis

Recently, former National Basketball Association player Marquis Daniels spoke with the youth players of the Sumter Youth Development Campus (Sumter YDC) basketball team. A 10-year player in the NBA, Daniels shared his personal journey from a troubled childhood to the success he has found since in life.



For Daniels, the obstacles he faced as a youth were similar to those of the Sumter YDC youth. From having a drug-addicted mother, growing up in impoverished and unstable housing, living from family member to family member, Marquis Daniels did not experience stability when growing up. Activities such as regularly attending school were difficult for Marquis because he couldn't even afford proper clothing, telling the Sumter youth that times were so tough that "I remember Christmas shopping at Goodwill one year."



However tough things got for Daniels, he never gave up hope or stopped looking for opportunities to succeed. In his life, this first breakthrough came when he was given an opportunity to change high schools to play basketball and then being offered a scholarship to play basketball for Auburn University. At Auburn University Daniels met his future wife, who helped provide a second opportunity for his life; his wife was and is Marquis Daniels' support system, pushing and encouraging him to be his very best.



The youth of the Sumter YDC appreciated the words of wisdom gleaned from the hard work and success life of Marquis Daniels. Encouraging education, Mr. Daniels stated that "being ignorant is more expensive than getting a free education any day" and that everyone should pursue their fullest potential, because they are all gifted. During the question/answer session, Daniels told the youth that the hardest challenge in the NBA is "remaining determined and working out in the off- season, because there is no one standing over you to push you and that when you get back, there is an expectation that you will be ready to play."

The staff and youth of the Sumter YDC thanks and is appreciative of Marquis Daniels for spending the time to share his life story.




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     Adam Barnett: Central Office Employee of the Month for January 2017 DJJ Staff  at:  1/11/2017  


Congratulations to Adam Barnett -- Selected Central Office Employee of the Month for January 2017!




The Central Office Nominations Committee is pleased to announce that Adam Barnett, Statewide PREA Coordinator, has been selected as Central Office Employee of the Month for January 2017.

Adam has done an outstanding job over the past 4 years in developing and implementing the federal PREA standards where it applies within DJJ. To this end, our agency has meet 100% federal compliance for all DJJ facilities within the required three-year time frame. Adam was instrumental in ensuring our success as an agency. He not only has been the subject matter expert for our agency regarding PREA but has become nationally recognized as a PREA expert having received requests for assistance from other States in both the juvenile and the adult corrections arenas.

Adam has tackled the more sensitive areas of PREA that include LGBTI policy, cross gendered supervision, and victim services with tenacity, dedication, and good judgment. He has worked tirelessly with the Policy Coordinator, Training Unit, Community Services, Secure Facilities, OTIS, and Engineering to ensure complete understanding and proper implementation of the federal standards. He has also worked with national experts in obtaining the most current and most valuable information that puts the GA DJJ at the forefront of the PREA arena. Additionally, his detailed and accurate records greatly aid in the management of multiple federal grants dedicated to PREA.

Adam is a Department of Justice certified PREA auditor for both juvenile and adult facilities; he is a certified ACA auditor; he is a member of a statewide multi-agency sexual assault response task force; and finds time to actively volunteer with his fraternity in his serving at-risk youth.

With all of the above being said, Adam is well-versed in all DJJ policy and “knows” safety and security as well as the importance of programming. He is ultimately concerned about our youth and our staff, and lives by “PREA is good safety and security”. Please join us in congratulating Mr. Barnett on a job well done.

Respectfully,
The 2017 Nominations Committee



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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     PBIS at DJJ: Aaron Cohn RYDC Holiday Celebration Banquet DJJ Staff  at:  1/9/2017  
PBIS at DJJ: Aaron Cohn RYDC Holiday Celebration Banquet
 


Photos and information from Statewide PBIS Coordinator Janette Nihles



Recently, the Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center (Aaron Cohn RYDC) in Muscogee County held a Holiday Celebration Banquet to give recognition to the facility's youth and to celebrate their hard work and dedication. As a commendation for top students being faithful in their studies and setting a good example for their peers, the Holiday Celebration Banquet also featured the Student Recognition Awards for specific high acheivers. Top Aaron Cohn RYDC volunteer Sam Khalil gave the keynote speech for the celebration.









Model Aaron Cohn RYDC Students and Graduates



















Aaron Cohn RYDC Special Volunteers included:

Ms. Pamera Howell -- Advisory/Church Volunteer
Mrs. Frances Spencer -- Advisory/Church Volunteer
Mr. Kevin McCowan -- Advisory/Church Volunteer
Mrs. Sonja Paker -- Advisory/Volunteer
Mr. Dennis Jones -- Church Volunteer
Ms. Tanya Bryant -- Advisory/Volunteer
Mr. Joe Miles -- Advisory/Church Volunteer
Ms. Crystal Waye -- Advisory
Mrs. Eddream Lawrence -- Church Volunteer
Mrs. Cleo Griswould -- Church Volunteer
Mr. Lewis Phillips -- Church Volunteer
Dr. Jihad Hud -- Advisory/Volunteer
Mr. Louis York -- Mentor Volunteer
Ms. Abagail Gibson -- Mentor Volunteer/Advisory
Mr. Selim (Sam) Khalil -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mrs. Lisa Khalil -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mrs. Emily Jackson -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mr. David Adams -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mrs. Angie Everson -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mr. Michael Barnett Jr. -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Ms. Karen Spruce -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mr. Kenneth Owens -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mr. Rudolph Allen III -- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Mr. Rudolph Allen II-- Church/Mentor Volunteer













Events such as the Holiday Celebration Banquet are an important part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at DJJ. 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 behavioral analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students.

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


 



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     PBIS at DJJ: Macon YDC Holiday Masquerade DJJ Staff  at:  1/9/2017  
PBIS at DJJ: Macon YDC Holiday Masquerade



Photos and information from Statewide PBIS Coordinator Janette Nihles






Last month, the Macon Youth Development Campus (Macon YDC) held a Holiday Masquerade Extravaganza Ball on its campus as a thank you to youth for good behavior via the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Co-titled "A Night to Remember," the Holiday Masquerade brought a degree of glamour and excitement to the Macon facility with fancy dresses, styling and high-end dancing all a part of the night's festivities. Youth without disciplinary reports for over a month were allowed to participate in the Grand Ball which invoked memories of elaborate events from history's past.





Events such as the Holiday Masquerade are an important part of the PBIS program at DJJ. 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 behavioral analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students.



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


 



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     DJJ Cares: Shop With A Cop DJJ Staff  at:  12/28/2016  
    DJJ Cares: Shop With A Cop




The Secure Campuses Division and the Office of Reentry Services partnered on "Shop with a Cop." This program gave youth in DJJ custody who are parents an opportunity to go shopping and gift their children with a special toy for Christmas. The youth traveled to Wal-Mart with SMRT officers to select a Christmas gift for their children on Monday, December 19.







This program is part of the Parenthood Program that the Office of Reentry Services has developed to support DJJ youth who are parents. Eleven youth participated from the Atlanta Youth Development Campus (YDC), Macon YDC and Sumter YDC.

Wal-Mart gift cards were donated from faith organizations that are part of the Faith and Community Alliance and DJJ staff. The gifts were wrapped and presented during Christmas visitation.










Participants included:

Atlanta YDC
Bruno Silva-Lima
Malik Hightower
Jaquile Williams
Jonathan Kappler
Nathaniel Clack

Macon YDC
Georgeann Russell

Sumter YDC
Aramani Hickson
Michael Burse
Joseph Osborne









 


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