DJJ at the 2015 Be Healthy Georgia Festival DJJ Staff  at:  3/13/2015  


On March 7th, the 2015 Be Healthy Georgia Festival took place at the State Capitol in Atlanta and the Department of Juvenile Justice was a proud participant in all of the heart-smart, exercise-driven activities. Sponsored by Lieutenant Governor Casey Cagle, the 5th Annual Be Healthy Georgia Festival was a free family day which featured sports activities, educational programs, and giveaways to encourage all Georgians to get active and get moving for their overall health and well-being. DJJ’s partner in the Beat the Streets/Kilometer Kids program, the Atlanta Track Club brought out former United States Olympians to the event to help physical fitness techniques to the crowd and to participate in the One Mile Fun Run and Kilometer Kids Dash that took place during the festival.

HITS JPPS III Satoiya Williams and her staff accompanied eight DeKalb Multi Service Center youth to the event where all completed the Fun Run and received Atlanta Track Club medals and prizes. After the running, the youth were able to visit various vendor booths at the festival and learned about making healthy choices and the importance of exercise.

The Department of Juvenile Justice was one of the agencies presenting material via the information booth. JPM Carolyn Geise with the Fulton County HITS Team helped helm the booth during part of the day along with Deputy Commissioner Sarah Draper and SMRT Officers Jesse Dewberry, Jesse Floyd, and Shane Youngblood.

The Department of Juvenile Justice is proud to be associated with the Be Healthy Georgia Festival and the positive message of maintaining a vigorous lifestyle that it promoted. Volunteer Services staff Lutrenze Butcher-Mitchell and Christina Pollard-Durr along with Ombudsman staff members Debbie Carter, Meshell Parris, and Carolene Maddox all assisted in the organization of the DJJ information booth which also provided material on DJJ general services and volunteer programs such as Beat the Streets. Gang Coordinator Monique Brandenburg, OCI Analyst Julie Carr, and SMRT Officers Paul Wilson and Ryan Lohnes also pitched in and gave truth to the saying of DJJ: One Team. One Mission.

For more information on DJJ’s Beat the Streets Program, visit

To learn about the DJJ Ombudsman Office, go to . Volunteer Services can be accessed at





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