Congratulations to Latera Davis-- Selected Central Office Employee of the Month for May 2016!
DJJ is pleased to announce that Latera Davis has been selected as Central Office Employee of the Month for May 2016.
Ms. Davis has worked for DJJ for 18 years beginning her career as a JPPS 1 and 2; as a Program Coordinator for Medicaid and Secure Facilities; as the Assistant Director of OCATS; as the Public Affairs Outreach Coordinator; and most recently and currently, as the Director for Victim and Volunteer Services. She is recognized nationally having presented on several topics at national conferences and meetings and always represents the GA DJJ as a true professional garnering many compliments from conference attendees.
Director Davis has been instrumental in organizing and implementing several yearly community outreach projects to include Restock the Shelves, Toys for Tots, Repack the Backpack, Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run, and the Shoe Box project. Director Davis also supervises Volunteer Services and has had a special focus and attention on several of the successful programs dedicated to youth in facilities such as Rescue to Restore, Metro RYDC Girl Scouts, Beat the Streets Running Program with Atlanta Track Club, Reality University, and several programs regarding bullying, teen dating violence, sexual assaultive behaviors, and diversity and awareness involving the LGBTI population.
Director Davis is a subject matter expert in the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and works diligently to educate not only DJJ staff but our community partners as well as, law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, school officials, and others on the prevention, intervention, detection, enforcement, and services regarding CSEC and its victims. Ms. Davis also works closely as a point of contact with the FBI’s MATCH Task Force convened to disrupt and combat human trafficking. Ms. Davis is trained in conflict mediation, critical incident response and debriefing, victim and offender dialogue, and child abuse prevention. She is also a facilitator for the Darkness to Light Child Sexual Abuse Victim training. Additionally, she is an Executive Board Member for the GA Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run and a member of the Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act Panel. Ms. Davis is a POST certified BJCOT officer and holds Master’s Degrees in Social Work and Public Administration.
Director Davis’ work product is quality, her ideas are solid, and her dedication is strong. Ms. Davis is a very worthy choice for the May Central Office Employee of the Month!
Join us in congratulating Director Davis!
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.