DJJ in the Community: Commissioner Niles at the Gainesville Rotary Club DJJ Staff  at:  7/29/2016  
DJJ in the Community: Commissioner Niles at the Gainesville Rotary Club



Story support and photos from Office of Planning and Preparedness Director Scott Cagle

This week, Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles was the keynote speaker at the Gainesville Rotary Club monthly meeting. Speaking before a packed house at the historic Gainesville First Baptist Church, Commissioner Niles shared his life story and the importance of community service with over two-hundred business professionals from throughout Hall County.



From humble beginnings as a youth to his varied career path that led him to Commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice, Avery Niles' speech to the Gainesville Rotarians stressed the importance of believing in oneself, tenacity, and the importance of family. With the passage and implementation of Governor Nathan Deal's Juvenile Justice Reform, Commissioner Niles told the crowd that more Georgia youth will have the opportunity to succeed in life, bettering our communities as a whole.



However, the central theme of Commissioner Niles speech was that of the importance of service. Invoking the Rotarians theme of "service above self", Commissioner Niles encouraged everyone to get involved and volunteer in places such as DJJ's Regional Youth Detention Centers to serve those individuals who need our help and support the most. Inspired by his speech, many in the crowd asked Commissioner Niles on what they needed to do in order to become a mentor and volunteer for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated human rights purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. It is a secular organization open to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 member clubs worldwide. 1.2 million individuals called Rotarians have joined these clubs.

To learn more about the Gainesville Rotary Club, visit them at http://www.rotaryclubofgainesville.com/. To volunteer at the Department of Juvenile Justice, click on http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/volunteerservice/.



 

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     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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