November 2015 Central Office Employee of the Month: Bonita Jackson DJJ Staff  at:  11/9/2015  

Congratulations to Bonita Jackson-- Selected Central Office Employee of the Month for November 2015!

It is with pleasure that the Nomination Committee announces the Employee of the Month for September, Ms. Bonita Jackson.

Since joining the Department in August of 2014, Bo has done an outstanding job on every task she has been given. She brings significant expertise to the Department in procurement operations and contract administration. Bo has completed five Request for Proposals or Quotes for services or goods as the Issuing Officer since January (a significant accomplishment), and assisted as the Alternate Issuing Officer on some of the most complex procurements the Department has done including the Youth Telephone System, a $1.6 Juvenile Court Incentive Request For Proposals. Each day Bo always brings an outstanding professional attitude and outlook to her job and is an inspiration to her Team. She works numerous after and before hours on her projects to assure success. She frequently gives of her own time to assist with the SCCP campaign and the Contracts and Engineer Team Birthday Committee. She is a dedicated professional and an essential part of the DJJ Team.

Congratulations Ms. Bonita Jackson for a job well done.


The Employee of the Month Committee

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.





     Albany RYDC: Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon DJJ Staff  at:  11/9/2015  
Albany RYDC: Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon

Story and pictures from Albany RYDC Director Sandra Cawthon

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the staff of the Albany Regional Youth Detention Center (Albany RYDC) came together to help raise awareness and fight this deadly disease whose negative effects can devastate families, organizations, and communities. Honoring two of their staff employees who are currently fighting the disease, the Albany RYDC staff held a Breast Cancer Awareness Luncheon to raise group spirits.

Part of the purpose of the luncheon was to inform people of the National Breast Cancer Foundation which helps to organize Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The National Breast Cancer Foundation's mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. To learn more about the NBCF, visit them on the web at




     News from Girl Scouts Troop #965 DJJ Staff  at:  11/5/2015  
News from Girl Scouts Troop #965

Photos and story information from Troop Leaders Loronda Giddens, Sara Gardner, and Deidra Blalock

During Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, Girl Scouts Troop #965 created friendship bracelets at the Metro Regional Youth Detention Center (Metro RYDC). Each bracelet created symbolizes the extension of friendship towards those individuals who may have experienced bullying firsthand. During the project, Troop #965 viewed a short video of transgender woman and actress Laverne Cox telling her story about how she was bullied as a child. Anti-bullying messages were written on the bracelets as a reminder for the scouts to show compassion towards other individuals.

Earlier this year, the dogs for Rescue 2 Restore came to visit Girl Scouts Troop #965 at the Metro RYDC. The scouts were quick to warm to the dogs as they cuddled, pet, and played with them during their time together. By the time that the Rescue 2 Restore session had ended, even those girls who were hesitant to play with the dogs were enjoying the experience.

After playing with the dogs, the scouts paired up to help braid dog toys made from donated t-shirts from the Department of Juvenile Justice staff. The completed toys were then donated to the Ahimsa House, a non-profit that supports the pets of domestic violence victims. These toys were first tested out by the Rescue 2 Restore dogs on hand who were more than happy to give their stamp (or wag!) of approval.

To learn more about Girl Scouts at DJJ, visit DJJ's Rescue 2 Restore program can be seen at More information about Ahimsa House can be found online at




     Dougherty County CSO: Drug Free at Radium Springs Elementary School DJJ Staff  at:  11/3/2015  

Dougherty County CSO: Drug Free at Radium Springs Elementary School

Photos and information from JPM Christina Foster

On Friday October 30, 2015, JPM Christina Foster, JPPS Robbin Green, JPPS Jack Adams, and PA Kenshay Snead went to Radium Springs Elementary School in Dougherty County and spoke to the school for their Red Ribbon week program. The Dougherty County CSO staff handed out Halloween candy to the students and spoke about the purpose of DJJ and staying drug free.






     DJJ in the Community: District Ten Halloween DJJ Staff  at:  11/2/2015  

DJJ in the Community: District Ten Halloween

Several District Ten Department of Juvenile Justice employees participated in some Trick or Treat fun to the delight of some area youth. The experience provided a great opportunity for DJJ staff & youth to share some fun with other community members. DJJ staff members are committed to participating in community events that provide rewarding opportunities for our youth.

DJJ Lollipops

Thomas CSO staff preparing the lollipops: JPM Shalonda Brinson, JPPS Tomekia Hamilton, JPPS Aja Jones

Colquitt CSO staff preparing Trick or Treat Buckets : JPPS Jessica Smith and JPPS Charles Sneed

Colquitt CSO staff preparing Trick or Treat Buckets: JPPS Vanessa Dawson

Colquitt CSO staff: JPPS Jessica Smith, JPM Janet Pineiro, JPPS Vanessa Dawson

Thomas CSO staff luncheon: JPPS Aja Jones; JPPS Tomekia Hamilton; PA Kim Garland; JPPS Freddie Robinson; JPPS Lisa Owens; JPPS III Dawn Smith; JPM Shalonda Brinson; JPPS John Young

PA Kim Garland

Shalonda Brinson, JPM/Thomas

Dawn Smith, JPPS III/Thomas CSO

Ready for the Kids! JPPS III Dawn Smith; JPPS John Young; JPPS Lisa Owens; Laura S. Pike, DD/District 10; Shalonda Brinson, JPM/Thomas CSO

TRICK: Judge/DD Laura S. Pike throwing the book at JPPS Freddie Robinson!: LaDonna Brooks, Loftiss RYDC; JPPS Lisa Owens; JPPS Freddie Robinson; Laura S. Pike, DD/District 10; Shalonda Brinson, JPM/Thomas CSO

Janet Pineiro, JPM/Colquitt CSO





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