The February 2016 edition of The DJJ Healthy Way, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Nutrition and Food Services Newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this month's newsletter, February is Heart Health Awareness Month at DJJ and the articles and recipes reflect ways to reduce high blood pressure and heart disease.
To download the latest version of The DJJ Healthy Way Newsletter, click HERE. To learn more about food services at our facilities, visit http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/gpaschoolnutrition.
Selected Central Office Employee of the Month for February 2016!
Congratulations Christopher Lampley on being selected as employee of the month for February 2016.
Christopher started with DJJ as a Juvenile Correction Officer at Metro RYDC. After 10 months, he applied for and was selected to become the DJJ JTS Payment Coordinator. In this position he was responsible for ensuring the Community Group Homes were paid promptly and correctly. He did so well as the JTS Payment Coordinator, Christopher was moved into the Travel Reimbursement Coordinator at the Accounts Payables Manager’s request. All the while Christopher was attending the State of Ga’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government (CVIoG) classes and earned his State Financial Accounting Certificate in June 2015. In June he moved into the Procurement division as a Procurement Officer 1. In October 2015, he earned his Ga Certified Procurement Associate (GCPA) certification from the Ga Department of Administrative Services (DOAS).
As a Procurement Officer 1, he began creating the Maintenance, Service, Lease, Repair (MSLR) contracts to pay the utility bills, and approving each Purchase Order (PO) line for every PO line generated in Peoplesoft. He has a keen eye for numbers and has brought several questionable PO line requests to the Agency Procurement Officer’s attention. He is a gentle giant both in his physical stature (have you seen the 25 pound dumbbells he pumps at his desk while waiting on PeopleSoft to move to the next screen) and when explaining errors to AOC’s and AOM’s in the field. In December 2015, as a procurement team member left DJJ, Christopher stepped in to handle some of that person’s job duties. He currently runs the Procurement portion of the CompStat report each month. This report requires nine separate queries to be run from PeopleSoft. Whenever asked for information on the number of PO lines or the MSLR contracts he quickly produces the requested data. He has asked to learn the Purchasing Card responsibilities to act as back-up when needed. He is always quiet, efficient and professional.
Christopher is a father to 2 year-old twin girls, who are way too cute! He is also a HUGE football fan – who sports RED ‘N BLACK for the Atlanta Falcons and the University of GA Bulldogs. He is also a fan of the Michigan State Spartans. Every team Christopher has joined has improved because of his knowledge, aptitude and attitude.
The Employee of the Month 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.
In continued partnership with the Atlanta Track Club and Mizuno, the Department of Juvenile Justice initiated at its second facility the Beat the Streets Program at the Sumter Youth Development Campus. Twelve youth who expressed an interest in having a running program at the facility, volunteered to participate in the eleven week Kilometer Kids/Atlanta Track Club Program. Todd Liscomb with the Atlanta Track Club provided the youth with in overview of the program and delivered words of encouragement regarding the physical, mental, and emotional benefits of staying healthy. To help ensure that the participating youth have proper attire to safely exercise, Mizuno donated the running shoes for this installment of the Sumter YDC Beat the Streets Program.
Recently, the Dougherty Community Services Office (Dougherty CSO) participated in a community collection drive for the Faith Community Outreach Center - Homeless Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Albany, Georgia. Named Helping Handbags, the collection drive focused on local citizens donating old hand bags or purses filled with hygiene products and distributed to homeless ladies in the region. Among the many items collected were soap, toothpaste, sanitary napkins, deodorant, tooth brushes, hair combs, hair brushes, body spray, wash cloths, shampoo, and conditioner. Donations collected from the Dougherty CSO were delivered to the Faith Community Outreach Center on January 26th.
The Faith Community Outreach Center provides shelter for women who have no family, nowhere to live, and no income. Women and children are "welcomed with open arms while protected by locks and alarms". The Center provides an opportunity for women and children of the Albany area to be healed and restored before starting anew in the community.
JPM Christina Foster at the Dougherty CSO
The Department of Juvenile Justice is a proud participant in community outreach activities such as the Helping Handbags program. Special thanks goes out to Juvenile Program Manager Christina Foster and Program Assistant Kenshay Snead for their work in organizing the Dougherty CSO efforts. For more information on the Faith Community Outreach Center, visit them on the web at www.faithcommunityoutreach.org.
JPM Christina Foster and Dr. Iris Davis, Executive Director of Program Services for the Faith Community Outreach Center
Story support from District Ten Director Laura Pike
The Department of Juvenile Justice’s District Ten is always looking for community volunteer and learning experiences in their wheelhouse. In January, this took a literal meaning as District Ten participated in an education program presented by B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse) to help stop child abuse in Southwest Georgia.
Hosted by the Vashti Center (http://www.vashti.org) and the Thomasville Chapter of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership (http://thomas.gafcp.org), the anti-child abuse session was presented by “Bugsy” from the Little River Chapter in Valdosta of the Bikers Against Child Abuse (www.bacaworld.org). Bugsy shared with the group his experience with the organization and helped to explain the wonderful work that B.A.C.A. is doing to help children become empowered and regain a sense of security and community after being abused.
B.A.C.A. International, Inc. (B.A.C.A.) is organized with a central contact person to receive calls from referring agencies and individuals. If the B.A.C.A. liaison determines that the case is legitimate (meaning that the authorities have been contacted and the case in being processed within the system), the representative contacts the family and an initial ride is organized to meet the child at their home or in some other location. The entire B.A.C.A. chapter rides to meet the child and he/she is given a vest with a B.A.C.A. patch sewn on the back. The child is also given bumper stickers, and other gifts that are generally donated by the public. These initial visits generally last about a half an hour.
Following this initial contact, the child is given the name and number of two B.A.C.A. members residing geographically closest to them who then become the child’s primary contact. Prior to becoming the primary contacts for the child, the bikers are cleared for participation by clearing an extensive background check, including proof of having ridden with the Chapter for at least a year and special instruction training from a Licensed Mental Health Professional. Anytime the child feels scared and feels the need for the presence of his new B.A.C.A. family, the child may call upon these bikers to go to the child’s house and provide the necessary reassurance to feel safe and protected. B.A.C.A. members and supporters also support the children by providing escorts for them if they feel scared in their neighborhoods; riding by their homes on a regular basis; supporting the children at court and parole hearings; attending their interviews, ; and staying with the children if they are alone and frightened. The B.A.C.A. members never go to the child’s house alone and never without the knowledge or permission of the parents. B.A.C.A. ‘s mission is not to be permanently engaged as the child’s power, but to help the children and their families learn how powerful they can be. B.A.C.A. ‘s presence will be available as long as the child needs us. B.A.C.A. also holds other functions for the children such as Bar-B-Ques, and parties.
Susan O’Neal, Vashti Development Director; Jennifer Davidson, The Treehouse Children’s Advocacy Center; Laura S. Pike, District Director/District 10; “Bugsy” with Bikers Against Child Abuse; Kathy Megahee, Thomas County Family Connections Executive Director
The Vashti Center, where District Ten Director Laura Pike is a current stakeholder, works hard to bring light to groups such as B.A.C.A. in Southwest Georgia. Vashti provides mental health services to children and adolescents between the ages of 5-18 years. Children and adolescents face numerous challenges in their lives that impact their well-being and ability to succeed socially, behaviorally, and academically. The Room, Board, and Watchful Oversight Program is designed to provide a safe, nurturing environment seven days a week, 24 hours per day. High staff ratios and special programming in recreation, education, independent living skills, recreational skills, mentoring, and spiritual development are emphasized. Both males and females ages six to 17 may be admitted into the program. Vashti prefers to work with youth whose guardian is within a radius that permits their program involvement. While on campus, education is provided. The majority of Vashti youth receive educational services from Thomasville City Schools. Ralph Comerford is the CEO of Vashti and Susan O’Neal is the Development Director.
Laura S. Pike, District Director/District 10; Todd Jones, DBHDD/Region 4 Field Office Program Specialist for Children, Youth and Families, “Bugsy” with Bikers Against Child Abuse; Kathy Megahee, Thomas County Family Connections Executive Director
Founded in 1991, Georgia Family Connection Partnership unites community, county, and state partners, with all their passion and expertise, to better serve Georgia’s children and families. Our Thomas County Family Connection collaborative serves as the local decision-making body, bringing community partners together to develop, implement, and evaluate plans that address the serious challenges facing Georgia’s children and families. Kathy Megahee is the Thomas County Chapter Executive Director.
Todd Jones, DBHDD/Region 4 Field Office Program Specialist for Children, Laura S. Pike, District Director/District 10; “Bugsy” with Bikers Against Child Abuse; Alyssa Blakely, Regional Prevention Coordinator, Georgia Center for Child Advocacy; Ralph Comerford, CEO/The Vashti Center; Kathy Megahee, Thomas County Family Connections Executive Director; Bob Brettel, Thomasville Police Department; Thomas County Sherif’s Office.
The experience provided a great opportunity for DJJ staff and local child advocacy agencies to learn about B.A.C.A. DJJ staff members are committed to participating in Community Events that provide rewarding opportunities for our youth.