DJJ WINTER ALERT: ALL DJJ OFFICES CLOSED ON JANUARY 30TH DJJ Staff  at:  1/29/2014  
DJJ WINTER ALERT: ALL DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE OFFICES CLOSED TOMORROW (JANUARY 30TH)



Due to continuing impact of the winter storm, Governor Deal has ordered State government offices in the impacted areas of the State to close on Thursday, January 30th, 2014. Governor Deal is asking State Agency Heads to notify staff of this action. State Agency Heads should reference State Personnel Board Rule 16 (10) and consistent with the executive order issued yesterday are authorized to make specific office closures as conditions warrant.


 

Please continue to execute caution and remember that safety is the first priority. Be safe in your travels.



One Team, One Mission.







Avery D. Niles, Commissioner


Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice






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     ALL DJJ OFFICES NOW CLOSED ON JANUARY 29, 2014 DJJ Staff  at:  1/28/2014  


ALL DJJ OFFICES NOW CLOSED ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29TH



Due to the continuing impact of the winter storm, Governor Deal has ordered State government offices in the impacted areas of the State to close on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014. As a result of this executive order, the Department of Juvenile Justice will be closed on January 29th consistent with State Personnel Board Rule 16 (10).



I want to ensure that for our employees, safety is the first priority. Be safe in your travels.



One Team, One Mission.



Avery D. Niles, Commissioner



Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice


 


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     DJJ in the Community: Atlanta YDC and the Sheltering Arms Book Drive DJJ Staff  at:  1/27/2014  

DJJ IN THE COMMUNITY: ATLANTA YDC AND THE SHELTERING ARMS BOOK DRIVE



Recently, the Atlanta YDC helped bring the power of reading and literacy to a group of metro youth through participating in the annual Sheltering Arms Book Drive in College Park.


Led by Director Darius Binion, the Atlanta YDC staff delivered children's books that they had collected during the latest holiday season. After the initial book delivery, the group from the Atlanta YDC was given a personal tour of the Sheltering Arms facility.




The Sheltering Arms Book Drive is one of the leading collectors of childrens books for low income youth in the metro Atlanta area. Research shows that many low income families have no books at home and that by providing books and early education, the drop-out and crime rate for poorer youth can be reduced. Books provided the opportunity for a child to have quality time with their family and can increase the probability of graduating from high school.




Sheltering Arms is metro Atlanta’s oldest nonprofit child care provider. Their mission is to serve working families with high quality, affordable child care and education and comprehensive support services, as well as to provide professional development for early childhood educators and community outreach. Each year, Sheltering Arms serves more than 2,500 children, ages six weeks to five years old, and their families, in 15 child care centers in seven Georgia counties.


For more information on Sheltering Arms please visit their website at www.shelteringarmsforkids.com.



 


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     Views from the Georgia DOC Advanced Management Training Graduation Ceremony DJJ Staff  at:  1/14/2014  

Views from the Georgia DOC Advanced Management Training Graduation Ceremony



Gary L. Murphy, DJJ Training Program Manager with Chris Saxton, DJJ Director of the Office of Continuous Improvement


On January 10th, the Georgia Department of Corrections held a graduation ceremony for its Advanced Management Training Class held at the State Office South at Tift College in Forsyth. The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to announce that Gary L. Murphy, DJJ Training Program Manager and Chris Saxton, Director of Continuous Improvement for DJJ were two of the graduates for this class.






With the Advanced Management Training class, front line managers or supervisors can prepare themselves to grow into middle levels of management in this second course of the DOC development program. Employees learn fundamental skills about leading and supervising others during the five-day, 40-hour program. Topics include management and leadership, self-awareness, communication, coaching, conflict resolution, and problem solving. Participants engage in a case simulation that incorporates and reinforces topics addressed during the training.













Congratulations again to Gary Murphy and Chris Saxton!


 



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     Greater Albany RYDC: Season of Kindness DJJ Staff  at:  1/13/2014  

GREATER ALBANY RYDC: SEASON OF KINDNESS




Throughout the recently completed holiday season, those individuals associated with the Greater Albany RYDC took it upon themselves to make a memorable "season of kindness" for those around them most in need.


The word selfless can be overused in this day and age. However, in the case of nine-year-old Ivy Grace-Cobb and six-year-old Tre' Cobb, the term is very apt. Given the choice of receiving toys like the majority of their young friends, Ivy and Tre' decided that this would be the year to provide gifts to all the youth at the Greater Albany RYDC using the funds that would have been spent by family and friends for gifts for the siblings. Purchasing body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, fruits, books, hair products, candy, and snacks, Ivy and Tre' embodied the true spirit of the season.




However, the generosity at the Greater Albany RYDC was not limited or directly only to the youth of the facility, but also came from the staff itself. After a joyful employee social, the Greater Albany RYDC along with the Early, Decatur, Dougherty, and Sumter CSO staff spread the holiday cheer by donating personal hygiene and non-perishable food items to the local Liberty House. The Liberty House, which is located in Albany, is a domestic violence sheter for women and children. The goods collected were greatly appreciated by those individuals staying at the shelter.






Liberty House, established in 1981, is a non-profit agency in Dougherty County that provides comprehensive services for domestic violence victims, their children, families, and friends. Liberty House also provides referral information to perpetrators of domestic violence. It is the philosophy of Liberty House that domestic violence is not a private problem, but one that must be recognized and responded to by the entire community. Liberty House is committed to working collaboratively with the community to raise awareness, strengthen policies and improve coordination to support survivors and end violence. Liberty House is funded by federal and state grants, United Way, foundations, churches, and private contributors. To learn more, visit http://www.libertyhouseofalbany.com/ .


 



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