DJJ was honored to have long time public education advocate and Virginia State Senator, Donald McEachin as the keynote speaker at Yvonne B. Miller high school’s Bon Air campus graduation. The Senator spoke of looking toward a brighter future and the impressive dedication of both the teachers and administrators at DJJ. DJJ’s high school bears the name of the late Sen. Yvonne B. Miller, who was a lifelong champion of underprivileged and disadvantaged youth. This year’s graduation is the first since the school was formally dedicated in her honor last August. “Sen. Miller was a mentor of mine,” Sen. McEachin told the graduates. “I know that if she were with us today, she would be extremely proud of your accomplishment.” This year, 75 students graduated from YBM High School after pursuing advanced studies, standard, modified standard, or special diplomas and GEDs.
A steady stream of job-seekers investigating a series of employment opportunities at the Department of Juvenile Justice visited Huguenot High School Wednesday, June 25, to learn more about positions such as Juvenile Correctional Officer, Probation Officer, Registered Nurse, Teacher, and Food Service Worker. More than 300 people gathered job descriptions and instructions for how to log on to www.djj.virginia.gov and click on “Jobs” to complete an application. Attendees learned about the fair from advertisements placed on RTA buses, radio, newspapers, and DJJ’s Facebook page.
A 13-member multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional delegation from Virginia that included representatives from DJJ attended the recent Annie E. Casey Foundation’s National Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Conference in Philadelphia. The conference, which was attended by more than 800 juvenile justice professionals from across the nation, featured more than 40 workshops focusing on topics such as alternatives to secure detention, indigent defense, disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system, adolescent brain development, the school-to-prison pipeline, conditions of confinement and family-focused juvenile justice policies. DJJ attendees included Director Andy Block, Assistant Deputy Director Jack Ledden, Program Manager and State JDAI Coordinator Beth Stinnett, Court Service Unit directors Mike Traylor and Olymphia Perkins, and Kathy Staton, probation supervisor for Court Service Unit 4 in Norfolk.