PBIS at DJJ: Sumter YDC Mother/Son Banquet DJJ Staff  at:  7/21/2016  
PBIS at DJJ: Sumter YDC Mother/Son Banquet



Story support from Brandi Mitchell of the Sumter YDC

Recently, the Sumter Youth Development Campus (Sumter YDC) hosted its annual Mother/Son Banquet as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Twenty-three youths were rewarded with special time with their mothers or other female figures for their hard work in maintaining good behavior at the facility during a recent eligibility period.







Mothers, sisters, aunts, and grandmothers came to the Sumter YDC from as far away as South Florida to spend quality time with their family members. Walking a red carpet with their loved ones as paparazzi-style photos were taken, each youth enjoyed the pageantry and conversation with their relatives while enjoying a fun dinner featuring wings and chicken fingers. As part of the banquet celebration, each mom was presented with a rose and special gifts donated by local businesses.









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.

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
















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     PBIS at DJJ: Waycross RYDC Summer Fun DJJ Staff  at:  7/20/2016  
PBIS at DJJ: Waycross RYDC Summer Fun


This summer, the Waycross Regional Youth Detention Center (Waycross RYDC) has decided to beat the heat with an inventive Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. Nicknamed the Waycross Solo Splash, facility youth were allowed to "buy" (using points accumulated from good behavior) outdoor water credits to play outside in order to beat the south Georgia heat. Waycross RYDC Director Sheila Phillips joined in the fun using solo cups of water to counter the bucket splashes of the youth. In keeping with the spirit of PBIS, one minute sitting penalties were handed out if the playing youth forgot to use appropriate language, penalties that also allowed the other participants to pour water on the offender without resistance. After the splash game was finished, all youth got to enjoy fresh watermelon provided for free by a local grower.













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.

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







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     PBIS at DJJ: DeKalb RYDC Mother/Son Dinner DJJ Staff  at:  7/13/2016  
PBIS at DJJ: DeKalb RYDC Mother/Son Dinner



Recently, the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center (DeKalb RYDC) held a special Mother-Son Dinner Dance as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at the facility. For the DeKalb RYDC youth who displayed good behavior and teamwork during the spring, this special Mardi Gras themed event was chance for the youth to spend quality time with their mothers, relatives, or friends.









The DeKalb RYDC Mardi Gras Dinner Dance was a touch of New Orleans or Mobile in metro Atlanta. Dressed to the hilt with clothing donated by staff members, the DeKalb RYDC Advisory Council, and the community, the youth enjoyed a night of funny glasses, feather boas, and more. Food for the event was donated by the VRC, the DeKalb RYDC Advisory Council, and the Kroger and Publix on Flat Shoals Road. In between the good food, conversation, and dancing, the Mardi Gras Dinner Dance also featured special guest speaker, former State Senator and journalist Steen Miles and International Gospel Artist Wura Grant.









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.

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








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     DJJ Collaboration: Read Across Georgia DJJ Staff  at:  7/8/2016  
DJJ Collaboration: Read Across Georgia



Story support and photo from OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson

As part of her Read Across Georgia initiative, Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal visited Sweetwater Creek State Park in Lithia Springs for the opening of a small "library box" in the park's yurt camping village. A long time reading advocate and teacher, Mrs. Deal delivered children's books to stock initially the mini-library. With the library box grand opening, park visitors may borrow and leave books for future visitors to enjoy or swap out as needed.

The Sweetwater Creek library project was a true collaborative effort with the Governor's Office, the Department of Natural Resources, the Department of Corrections, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Governor Deal's Education Outreach Coordinator Pam Williams came up with the original concept for the library with DNR Commissioner Mark Williams providing the area at the State Parks for the boxes, GDC Commissioner Homer Bryson was responsible for having the boxes built, and DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles provided the book sacks for local kids to carry the books from the library.

The Read Across Georgia campaign, launched in 2012, supports Governor Deal's Grade Level Reading Initiative, which aims to have all Georgia third-graders reading at grade level or better by the completion of third grade. In support of this goal and to promote statewide childhood literacy, First Lady Sandra Deal has visited and read to Pre-K students across the state.

The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank First Lady Sandra Deal for kicking off summer with "Get Georgia Reading Around Campfires" and all of the participating agencies for this worthwhile reading program.








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     More from the Sumter YDC Wildlife Protection Campaign DJJ Staff  at:  7/8/2016  
More from the Sumter YDC Wildlife Protection Campaign



Story support and photos from Rescue 2 Restore Program Coordinator Chrissy Kaczynski

Did you know that a rhinoceros’s horn is made out of keratin – the same material in human fingernails and hair - and, yet, has no real medicinal value? Did you know that, despite the lack of health benefits to humanity, rhinos are critically endangered in the world and are being poached for sale? Did you know that there are groups in South Africa dedicated to saving poaching victims – rhino and otherwise - if they are still alive? If you didn’t already know these facts, you should ask the youth at the Sumter Youth Development Campus for more information about rhinoceroses!







After a recent visit to Zoo Atlanta (http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/whatsnewatdjj/viewnews.asp?newsID=527) zoo visit and through personal research, the Sumter YDC youth learned the story of “Hope”, a rhino experienced a very violent poaching injury yet survived. Saving the Survivors, the nonprofit volunteer organization that saved Hope, provided the youth with background on Hope's story as well as information about the poaching of rhinoceroses around the globe.





When the Sumter YDC youth learned that Saving the Survivors (http://savingthesurvivors.org/) was a small organization that is comprised of only two veterinarians and three other office workers, it was decided by the youth that they would make it their mission to raise money to send to group. A t-shirt was designed and sold on Booster.com with all the proceeds sent directly to Saving the Survivors. Over $600 was raised and sent to the appreciative Saving the Survivors staff.





In appreciation for their fundraising and eduation efforts, the Sumter YDC youth were able to talk for an hour with one of the veterinarians and founders of Saving the Survivors, Dr Gerhard Steenkamp. Through modern technology, the Sumter YDC youth were able to call South Africa in real-time, asking questions both pre-written and on-the-fly based on their interest in the topic and the information provided by Dr Steenkamp. During the talke, Dr Steenkamp said Saving the Surivors greatly appreciated the monetary donation and needed it, impressed and proud that the youths are educating people about the struggle with the poaching crisis. Dr Steenkamp’s only question for the youth was if he could have a t-shirt to show his support for the project in South Africa.





The youth at the Sumter Youth Development Campus were able to make an impact not only locally, but also worldwide through their service learning project. They will never forget these opportunities or the information learned throughout this project.










 





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