PBIS AT THE SUMTER YDC: MOTHER/SON DANCE AND THE
BOUNTIFUL HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN
The Sumter Youth Detention Center (Sumter YDC) would like to share two recent
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) events that they are proud to have sponsored:
Swagger and Lace, the Mother/Son Dance and the Bountiful Harvest Community Garden.
With the creation of the PBIS program, DJJ facilities across the state are developing creative ways
to reach out to the youth in their care. As a result, ideas that work are being shared and expanded.
The PBIS Team is proud of the dedication of DJJ staff to provide the finest services and opportunities
to Georgia's youth population.
--- PBIS Coordinator Lorr Elias
SWAGGER AND LACE: THE MOTHER/SON DANCE
On Saturday, May 16th, the Sumter YDC held a mother and son dance with the theme of "Swagger and Lace". Attending youth had to meet discipline standards for at least a month and all guests had to be JTS approved. The guests included the mothers, grandmothers, and aunts of the youth at the Sumter YDC and many traveled great distances (including a grandmother from Kentucky) in order to participate and support the youth.
The "Swagger and Lace" theme was a big hit for all of the participants.
The multi-purpose room at the Sumter YDC was decorated with burlap and
lace for photos to commemorate the event.
The young men from the Sumter YDC entered the dance wearing their
best "swag" attire and striking poses of success. Attendees enjoyed
refreshments, games, and live entertainment.
Amid dancing, hugs, and tears of joy, the "Swagger and Lace" dance was
a huge success.
Read more about "Swagger and Lace" at
THE BOUNTIFUL HARVEST COMMUNITY GARDEN
For the staff of the Sumter YDC, improving youth lives begins with strong community partnerships with local, state, and federal agencies as well as non-profits and other volunteer organizations.
One such partnership is the Bountiful Havest Community Garden which has been created by the volunteers from the community and the youth of the Sumter YDC and Sumter HITS Program.
The Bountiful Harvest Community Garden includes a garden at the Sumter YDC as well as two off-site locations at the Cafe Campesino Community Garden and the Back 2 Basics Summer Enrichment Camp. Youth housed at the Sumter YDC can purchase time in the garden based on good behavior.
The results from the garden planted in April have been bountiful. The harvest vegetation is featured in the dining hall of the Sumter YDC and the food services staff incorporates some of the vegetables into the daily menu. Among the vegetables served was lettuce, radishes, and cabbage.
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