OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson Honored by Georgia Gang Investigators Association
DJJ OCATS Director Lisa Casey Bryson with the GGIA Vice President Joe Amerling
When it comes to leadership and public service in the state of Georgia, the men and women of the Department of Juvenile Justice are front and center in striving to improve the lives of youth in our communities. Recently, the Georgia Gang Investigators Association held its 15th annual Training Conference in Savannah, Georgia and one of the Department of Juvenile Justice’s own was honored for their dedicated service in stopping youth gang activity in its tracks.
Office of Classification and Transportation Services Director Lisa Casey Bryson was presented with the prestigious GGIA Service Award for her years of service to the organization including her work as Secretary of the organization for the past six years. GGIA Vice President Joe Amerling presented the award to Ms. Casey Bryson during the opening session of the conference.
The Georgia Gang Investigators Association was founded in 1998 to combat the uprising of gang violence in Georgia. GGIA assists with training to law enforcement personnel, schools, students, District Attorney's Offices, and local citizens. The purpose of the GGIA is to promote a free exchange of intelligence and information among investigators with the goal of effectively impacting the level of gang related violence perpetrated by criminal groups.
The Department of Juvenile Justice is a proud to work with the Georgia Gang Investigators Association and strongly supports its mission of reducing gang activity in Georgia. Of the over three hundred attendees who participated in this year’s Training Conference, the Department of Juvenile Justice sent over forty people from across the state.
DJJ Professional Development: Project Management Certification
The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to announce its first ever graduates of the State of Georgia Project Management Certification Program: Funmi Adesesan and Fabienne Tate. The Georgia Technology Authority sponsors the state’s certification programs in order to help agencies build expertise in project management.
Fabienne Tate received certification in the Project Manager Certification Program. This program is designed to better align traditional project management to state business practices. The program provides the project manager with skills beyond the traditional Professional Project Manager (PMP) credential. The curriculum, assessments, reviews and coaching have been designed to teach state project managers how to ensure a project delivers a valuable business solution in support of an agency’s mission.
Planning and Policy Specialist Funmi Adesesan was certified in the Project Assurance Manager Certification Program. This certification is designed to enable an agency to perform project assurance activities on its own projects. By providing agency staff with the skills to perform project self-assessments, the program helps to reduce the costs of project assurance and Independent Verification and Validation (IV&V).
Congratulations again to Fabienne and Funmi for going the extra mile to improve their professional skill sets as the Department of Juvenile Justice moves ahead towards a brighter future.
Good Sports and the Georgia Preparatory Academy: Healthy Soccer is the Goal
Story support from DJJ Grants Specialist Brandi Hicks
The Georgia Preparatory Academy (GPA) recently became the proud recipient of a soccer equipment donation from the national Good Sports organization. The equipment donation for use by DJJ students will help the Georgia Preparatory Academy “kickstart” its own soccer program. The GPA program will feature basic skills development, practice games, and the possibility of competing with other soccer teams in the school district. The new equipment includes soccer balls, nets, and goal markers.
The national Good Sports organization helps lay the foundation for healthy, active lifestyles by providing athletic equipment, footwear and apparel to disadvantaged young people nationwide. By partnering with sporting goods manufacturers, Good Sports gets crucial equipment to kids who need it most, and gets them in the game. Since 2003, Good Sports has provided more than $12 million worth of equipment to more than 1,800 youth programs, and impacted more than ONE MILLION kids.
The soccer equipment will be used by DJJ youth to demonstrate their ability to participate in a variety of net wall and field game activity through fitness and individual activity. Through soccer, GPA students will learn principles and concepts connected with movement to achieve the level of developmental skills needed to increase their playing ability. Students will perform in skilled movement patterns and use psychomotor skills to cultivate tactical strategies and apply their appropriate use in soccer.
Strategic Planning Coordinator David Schwartz reviewing some of the new soccer equipment
The Georgia Preparatory Academy soccer program will help players develop athletic skills that youth can use when they return to their communities and enroll in their neighborhood schools. Through soccer, Georgia Preparatory Youth may assume greater individual responsibility in their personal behaviors and could begin to understand and develop the higher levels of basic fitness and physical competence needed in a variety of activities for school and non-scholastic settings, including the home, workplace and community.
Congratulations to the Georgia Preparatory Academy for “getting the ball rolling” with its soccer program as we work to stamp out youth obesity and increase positive individual competition for our students. To learn more about Good Sports, visit them on the web at https://www.goodsports.org .
The latest version of Volunteering Matters, the Official Newsletter of the Office of Victim, Volunteer, and Chaplaincy Services, is now online for viewing. In this edition, learn more about Crime Victims' Rights Week, First Lady Sandra Deal's S.P.L.A.S.H. program, PBIS dance at the Sumter YDC, and much, much more. To view the Summer 2015 Newsletter, click on:
On July 4th, the Department of Juvenile Justice sprinted into Independence Day with a strong showing at the 2015 AJC Peachtree Road Race. Led by Assistant commissioner Mark Sexton and Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper, a hearty and motley group of DJJ Central Office employees braved the rain and the 6.2 mile race.
Among the DJJ Central Employees who ran in this year’s race were:
Evelyn Phillips Zane Shelfer Julie Carr Danny Horne Allyson Richardson
The AJC Peachtree Road Race, organized by Atlanta Track Club, is the largest 10K in the world. In its 46th running, the AJC Peachtree Road Race has become a Fourth of July tradition for thousands of people throughout the metro Atlanta area and beyond. The Department of Juvenile Justice is a partner of Atlanta Track Club with the Beat The Streets program.
Congratulations to everyone who competed in this year’s race!