Photo and story support by Interim Regional Administrator Audrey Stokes
Recently, the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center (DeKalb RYDC) held its annual Mother-Son Dinner as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program at the facility. For the DeKalb RYDC youth who displayed good behavior and teamwork during the spring, this special family-themed dinner provided a chance for the youth to spend quality time with their mothers, relatives or friends.
The DeKalb RYDC Mother-Son Dinner was a touch of formal class in metro Atlanta. Dressed to the hilt with clothing donated by staff members, the DeKalb RYDC Advisory Council, and the community, the youth enjoyed a night of food and festive times. Food for the event was donated by local organizations. Special thanks goes out to Volunteer Coordinator ShaRon LovettOzuem for her help in organizing the evening's festivities.
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 23,000 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 over the counter 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 behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students.
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