PBIS at DJJ: Aaron Cohn RYDC Holiday Celebration Banquet
Photos and information from Statewide PBIS Coordinator Janette Nihles
Recently, the Aaron Cohn Regional Youth Detention Center (Aaron Cohn RYDC) in Muscogee County held a Holiday Celebration Banquet to give recognition to the facility's youth and to celebrate their hard work and dedication. As a commendation for top students being faithful in their studies and setting a good example for their peers, the Holiday Celebration Banquet also featured the Student Recognition Awards for specific high acheivers. Top Aaron Cohn RYDC volunteer Sam Khalil gave the keynote speech for the celebration.
Model Aaron Cohn RYDC Students and Graduates
Aaron Cohn RYDC Special Volunteers included:
Ms. Pamera Howell -- Advisory/Church Volunteer Mrs. Frances Spencer -- Advisory/Church Volunteer Mr. Kevin McCowan -- Advisory/Church Volunteer Mrs. Sonja Paker -- Advisory/Volunteer Mr. Dennis Jones -- Church Volunteer Ms. Tanya Bryant -- Advisory/Volunteer Mr. Joe Miles -- Advisory/Church Volunteer Ms. Crystal Waye -- Advisory Mrs. Eddream Lawrence -- Church Volunteer Mrs. Cleo Griswould -- Church Volunteer Mr. Lewis Phillips -- Church Volunteer Dr. Jihad Hud -- Advisory/Volunteer Mr. Louis York -- Mentor Volunteer Ms. Abagail Gibson -- Mentor Volunteer/Advisory Mr. Selim (Sam) Khalil -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mrs. Lisa Khalil -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mrs. Emily Jackson -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mr. David Adams -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mrs. Angie Everson -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mr. Michael Barnett Jr. -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Ms. Karen Spruce -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mr. Kenneth Owens -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mr. Rudolph Allen III -- Church/Mentor Volunteer Mr. Rudolph Allen II-- Church/Mentor Volunteer
Events such as the Holiday Celebration Banquet are an important part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at DJJ. PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 19,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student behavior will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavioral analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve school climate for all students.
To learn more about PBIS at DJJ, visit http://www.djjnewsandviews.org/pbisatdjj/.