DJJ in the Community: Whitfield County Teen Maze DJJ Staff  at:  10/25/2013  

DJJ IN THE COMMUNITY: WHITFIELD COUNTY TEEN MAZE



Earlier this month, the Court Services Offices of Murray and Whitfield Counties (CSOs) participated in the 1st annual Teen Maze at the North Georgia Agricultural Fairgrounds in Dalton.


Over 2,300 students experienced first hand the consequences of randomly selected life-style choices associated with risky youth behaviors. Students from the Whitfield County, Murray County, and Dalton Public School System visited the Maze which presented them all with different scenarios including a party, a DUI car crash, an emergency room scenario, and processing through the juvenile justice system. Teens were split into different groups and were able to experience different areas of the maze.




"The purpose of Teen Maze is to help students realize that one bad choice can quickly lead to more bad choices. The consequences of these risky choices can last a lifetime, " said Suzanne Harbin of the Whitfield Family Connection, one of the sponsors of the Teen Maze.


Students began the Maze by first hearing from Chris Sandy, a motivational speaker whose award winning broadcast program "Enduring Regret" tracks the life journey of Mr. Sandy and how his bad choice to drink and drive ultimately created a reality of different outcomes not only for his life, but others as well. Among those also affected by Mr. Sandy was his brother-in-law, Eric, who also spoke to the Teen Maze and, because of injuries sustained in a drunk driving accident, could only communicate to the students non-verbally using an I-pad.








Among the many different scenarios was a realistic mock DUI crash scene which included actual law enforcement agencies and other first responders. Drama students from Dalton High added to the realism by portraying crash victims in the DUI mock up.




As part of the Department of Juvenile Justice's participation in the Teen Maze, the Murray/Whitfield CSO team partnered with the Whitfield Juvenile Court and the Elbert Shaw RYDC to take the students through the actual process of what happens as one enters into the juvenile justice system. Students participating in this component of the Maze were handcuffed and then had to go to Juvenile Court to face a judge. After court, students had to get their photos taken and then were either placed on "Probation" or in "Committed" status.








The Teen Maze's goal was to stress the importance of wise decision making to the youth of Murray and Whitfield Counties. Special thanks to everyone at the Whitfield/Murray CSO offices who participated including Zeb Hensley, JPPS III who helped plan the event and acted as the DJJ representative for the Teen Maze.




To learn more about the Teen Maze, visit the group on the web at:


http://teenmazedmw.wix.com/teen-maze


 


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     Photos from the 2014 State Charitable Contributions Campaign Kickoff DJJ Staff  at:  10/23/2013  

2014 STATE CHARITABLE CONTRIBUTIONS CAMPAIGN KICKOFF



On October 22nd, the Department of Juvenile Justice hosted the 2014 state Charitable Contributions Campaign Kickoff at its Central Office in Decatur, Georgia.






Led by DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles and the State Charitable Contributions Campaign volunteers, the goal for this year's campaign is for the Department of Juvenile Justice to raise more than $12,000 agency wide. This goals was based on the generous totals raised by DJJ during last year's campaign.





























In front of a large crowd, DJJ's Melody Stanfield and Toni Driskell introduced representatives from local charities that would be among the beneficiaries of this year's charity campaign. Some of the speakers included:


Marla Poe, Genesis House


Karen Parsley, Community Health Charites


Monica Hammond, United Way of Greater Atlanta


Sarah Durry, The Cool Girls


Gerald Mansfield, The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia


Sharon Thompson-Young, Atlanta Community Food Bank


Bob Boyd, Habitat for Humanity


Stephanie Campbell, KidsGym


Brenna Stickland, Best Friends Animal Society


 






Attendees were also treated to a stirring rendition of "The Greatest Love of All" and door prizes throughout the presentation.




















To learn more about the 2014 Annual Campaign for Charitable Contributions and to pledge support, visit http://www.giveattheoffice.org/_sccp.


The State Charitable Contributions Campaign ends on November 30th, but you can keep up with the campaign as DJJ pushes forward to meet this year's goal via the News and Views page of the DJJ website.


Thank you again for your support as we Give Today to Change Tomorrow.


 


 


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     Wear Pink at DJJ Central: National Breast Cancer Awareness Month DJJ Staff  at:  10/22/2013  

WEAR PINK AT DJJ CENTRAL: NATIONAL BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH



In recognition of this year’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the State Charitable Contributions Program Committee asked all DJJ employees at the Central Campus to wear some form of pink clothing on Tuesday, October 22nd. Central employees showed their support for their friends and colleagues who have survived breast cancer as well those currently battling the disease.






Thanks to everyone who participated this year. Together, we will lead the fight against breast cancer and show once again the caring strength of the DJJ family.


 


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     DJJ Victim Services and the Gwinnett County D.A.'s Office DJJ Staff  at:  10/22/2013  

DJJ VICTIM SERVICES: GWINNETT COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S OFFICE ANNUAL SUPPORT GROUP BREAKFAST



Representatives from several local support agencies including the Department of Juvenile Justice's Office of Victim Services gathered at the Gwinnett County Justice and Administration Center on Thursday, October 17th for a working breakfast. The annual Agency Support Group Breakfast, hosted by the Gwinnett County District Attorney's Office Victim Witness Program, is an opportunity for agencies to gather and learn about changes in leadership and program activities. The event also served as an information and networking forum for cictim servicing agencies across the metro region and as a recognition platform for outstanding Victim Advocates.


The Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Victim Services would like to congratulate Shalandra Robertson, Director of Victim Services for the Department of Corrections and State Board of Pardons and Parole, for receiving the prestigious 2013 "Victims' Voice" award for her efforts in educating and reach out to the community regarding victim rights and services.















  


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     Think Pink at the Muscogee YDC: More from Breast Cancer Awareness Month DJJ Staff  at:  10/18/2013  

THINK PINK AT MUSCOGEE YDC: MORE FROM BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH



As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) events continue during October, the Department of Juvenile Justice proudly "thinks pink" throughout its facilities across Georgia. The Muscogee YDC staff recently showed its support for NBCAM by recognizing the need to stand strong and fight the disease through the wearing of shirts that read ""Believe, Hope, Fight...for a cure".




The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.




Since its inception more than 25 years ago, NBCAM has been at the forefront of promoting awareness of breast cancer issues and has evolved along with the national dialogue on breast cancer. NBCAM recognizes that, although many great strides have been made in breast cancer awareness and treatment, there remains much to be accomplished. Today, NBCAM remains dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.




Although October is designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM is dedicated to raising awareness and educating individuals about breast cancer throughout the year. NBCAM encourages you to regularly visit these sites to learn more about breast cancer, breast health, and the latest research developments.



To learn more about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, visit:


http://www.nbcam.org/


 


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