Atlanta YDC: Partners in Building a Better Community DJJ Staff  at:  10/21/2014  

Atlanta YDC: Partners in Building a Better Community



The Atlanta Youth Development Campus (Atlanta YDC) has been working hard to serve the youth in its care and community at-large with several high profile events this October. Among the planned activities were Breast Cancer Awareness, an All Men’s Presentation with the Sheltering Arms Early Education & Family Center, and a Latin Heritage Awareness Program.



BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH


The Atlanta Youth Development Campus is going all out this month to educate others and to raise money to defeat breast cancer. Showing solidarity for the cause, staff at the Atlanta YDC made personal contributions for a chance to dress in "awareness pink" at their facility. In addition, the Atlanta YDC hospitality committee has been selling pink desserts on Fridays with the proceeds going to the cause. Pictured in the photos are Martha Dalesio, Amy Grant, Ms. Boyer, and Atlanta YDC Director Darius Binion.



SHELTERING ARMS PRESENTATION


On October 17th, the Atlanta YDC partnered with the Sheltering Arms Early Education and Family Center for the All Men’s Presentation for youth. The main discussion topic was the impact of fatherless homes on young males and what steps can be taken to limit the problems associated with single parent homes, especially when providing re-entry services to youth currently in the juvenile justice system.






LATIN HERITAGE PROGRAM




On October 15th, the Atlanta YDC proudly presented a Latin Heritage Program to celebrate the accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino heroes from across a wide professional spectrum. Learning about celebrated people such as Oscar De La Hoya, Isabel Allende, Gary Soto, and Ellen Ochoa, the youth at Atlanta YDC gained a greater appreciation of the trials and hard work behind these Latino success stories, as these icons of the Hispanic community met life’s challenge to become the very best that they could be.








 


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     DJJ Free Food Show: Celebrating National School Lunch Week 2014 DJJ Staff  at:  10/16/2014  

DJJ FREE FOOD SHOW: CELEBRATING NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH WEEK 2014



As part of the Georgia Prepararatory Academy's celebration of National School Lunch Week 2014, the Department of Juvenile Justice held a Free Food Show on October 16th at the Central Office breakroom. Sample foods from Departmental facilities were prepared and served to employees to show the delicious and nutritional meals available for DJJ youth across Georgia.






The National School Lunch Week observance will run through 17 to emphasize the healthy foods offered every school day at our nation’s schools.






“Our school lunches are healthier than ever,” said DJJ Dietician Lauren Gean, RD, LD. Gean said meals at the Georgia Preparatory Academy have more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less fat and sodium. 

“National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all the healthy options we’re serving daily in the lunch rooms of Georgia’s 181st School District,” said Gean.





Through the National School Lunch Program, DJJ youth are provided meals low in sodium and rich in whole grains. The menus include a variety of fruits and vegetables, protein, and a choice of low-fat or fat-free milk.

“Our goal is to provide nutrient rich, quality meals that young people enjoy. By promoting these healthy options, youth are learning how to eat a nutritious, filling meal,” said DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles. “Along with other essential life skills required for successful reentry into their communities, we’re helping them develop nutritional habits here that they can carry with them outside of these school lunch rooms and institutional settings and into their daily lives,” Niles said. 






The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving this nation's children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet strict federal nutrition standards. The standards require serving whole-grain rich foods, offering fruits and vegetables every day, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium. 

For more information about healthy foods and the benefits of nutritious schools meals at DJJ, visit www.djjnewsandviews.org/gpaschoolnutrition/ or www.facebook.com/TrayTalk . The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association. 

















 


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     The State Charitable Contributions Campaign Rolls On: Central Office Balloon Drop and Hot Dog Luncheon DJJ Staff  at:  10/15/2014  

The State Charitable Contributions Campaign Rolls On: Central Office Balloon Drop and Hot Dog Luncheon



The State Charitable Contributions Campaign is off and running and the Department of Juvenile Justice is leading the charge with a couple of October "fun-raisers" at its Central Office location.


Below are some of the photos from the 2nd Annual Balloon Pop (where for $5 a ticket, participants can win prizes such as televisions, tablets, gift cards, and tickets) and the Hot Dog Luncheon where tasty food and charity come together for a good cause.



















We would like to hear more and show off all the fun activities taking place at DJJ around the state for the State Charitable Contributions Campaign. If you have pictures and stories from your local facilities, send them to publicaffairs@djj.state.ga.us. For more on this year's DJJ State Charitable Contributions Campaign, visit online at:


http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/djjcharitablecampaign/


 


 


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     Georgia Preparatory Academy Celebrates 'National School Lunch Week' DJJ Staff  at:  10/10/2014  

Georgia Preparatory Academy Celebrates ‘National School Lunch Week’


GA’s 181st School District “Gets in the Game with School Lunch” Foods and Exercise



Commissioner Avery D. Niles is pleased to announce Georgia Preparatory Academy schools will “Get in the Game with School Lunch” next week, along with thirty-million school children nationwide to celebrate the National School Lunch Program.

The National School Lunch Week observance will run from October 13 through 17 to emphasize the healthy foods offered every school day at our nation’s schools. DJJ will feature events and activities at the Georgia Preparatory Academy to promote the importance of balancing healthy eating with physical activity and exercise.

“Our goal is to incorporate sports-themed menus and school activities to reinforce the benefits of nutritious meals and physical activity for our students,” said Commissioner Avery Niles. “In addition to sports-themed menu items, our game plan for the National School Lunch Program week includes a field day, a sports-themed movie night and DJJ education staff wearing their favorite sports gear.”

The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” event at the Georgia Preparatory Academy also includes an art contest, nutrition activity sheets, and a door decorating contest.

“Our school lunches are healthier than ever,” said DJJ Dietician Lauren Gean, RD, LD. Gean said meals at the Georgia Preparatory Academy have more fruits and vegetables, more whole grains and less fat and sodium.

“National School Lunch Week is the perfect time to celebrate all the healthy options we’re serving daily in the lunch rooms of Georgia’s 181st School District,” said Gean.

Through the National School Lunch Program, DJJ youth are provided meals low in sodium and rich in whole grains. The menus include a variety of fruits and vegetables, protein, and a choice of low-fat or fat-free milk.

“Our goal is to provide nutrient rich, quality meals that young people enjoy. By promoting these healthy options, youth are learning how to eat a nutritious, filling meal,” said Commissioner Niles. “Along with other essential life skills required for successful reentry into their communities, we’re helping them develop nutritional habits here that they can carry with them outside of these school lunch rooms and institutional settings and into their daily lives,” Niles said.

The federally-funded National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides nutritionally balanced, healthy meals to students every day. The program, which has been serving this nation's children for more than 60 years, requires school meals to meet strict federal nutrition standards. The standards require serving whole-grain rich foods, offering fruits and vegetables every day, and limiting fat, calories, and sodium.

For more information about healthy foods and the benefits of nutritious schools meals at DJJ, visit www.djjnewsandviews.org/gpaschoolnutrition/ or www.facebook.com/TrayTalk . The “Get in the Game with School Lunch” campaign is sponsored by the non-profit School Nutrition Association.


 


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     Eastman Juvenile Justice Staff Collects Back to School Supplies to Repack the Backpack DJJ Staff  at:  10/7/2014  

Eastman Juvenile Justice Staff Collects Back to School Supplies to “Repack the Backpacks”



Recently Commissioner Avery D. Niles challenged all Team members at the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice to participate in the “Repack the Backpack” campaign. “Repack the Backpack” is DJJ’s agency-wide school supply drive for local students who need support for the upcoming school year. It’s part of DJJ's commitment to giving back to our communities. “Repack the Backpack” collected school supplies using specially decorated donation boxes placed at DJJ Facilities around the state. All contributed supplies were then donated to local shelters, schools, and other community organizations based on local needs. Thanks to help from volunteers and the community, Eastman RYDC’s staff was able to collect more than 300 back- to- school items to donate to the North and South Dodge Elementary Schools. The Eastman RYDC Team helped the Department of Juvenile Justice complete its statewide collection campaign on a highly successful note, totaling 17,631 donated school supplies for filling backpacks around the state. Commissioner Niles sent his thanks to the Eastman RYDC staff and their local volunteers for doing their part to help their community. “One Team – One Mission!”

For more on this year's "Repack the Backpack", visit the program online at:


http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/repackthebackpack/



 


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