Macon RYDC CHAMPS Graduation
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On December 1st, the Macon Regional Youth Detention Center (Macon RYDC) held their first ever CHAMPS graduation. CHAMPS, which stands for Choosing Health Activities and Methods Promoting Safety, is an educational program designed for Georgia youth which helps to provide guidelines and skill sets for teens preparing for a safe, healthy, happy, and successful life. Founded in 2003 by the Georgia Sheriff’s Association to help address the modern dangers that teens face today, the CHAMPS lesson plans are taught by certified deputy sheriffs from across Georgia.
Taught by the Bibb County Sheriff’s Outreach Program, the Macon RYDC CHAMPS program was specifically designed for the first time ever for Department of Juvenile Justice youth by the Twiggs County Sheriff’s Department. During the graduation ceremony, Bibb County Sheriff David Davis, Twiggs County Sheriff Darren Mitchum, and DJJ Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper gave their thoughts and praise for the ten youth graduates of the program. In addition, Bibb County Deputy Emmitt Bivins spoke on his experience teaching the twelve week program and three of the youth graduates gave reflection on what they had learned during the course.
The Department of Juvenile Justice would like to thank the teachers and students of the Macon RYDC CHAMPS Program. For more information on the Georgia Sheriffs Association, visit them on the web at www.georgiasheriffs.org.