Director's Message:
DJJ Contracts With Boys/Girls Clubs -- 3/19/18

I’m pleased to announce that, using savings realized from the closure of the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center, DJJ has contracted with three Boys and Girls Clubs (B&GC) in the Richmond, Newport News, Hampton and Danville communities to provide pro-social engagement and programming for youth being diverted from the juvenile court. The B&GC will provide services for DJJ-referred youth between the ages of 10 and 18 as part of a diversion initiative in communities affected by violence. Working with our Regional Service Coordinators, Evidence-Based Associates (EBA) and AMIKids, this program will provide an option for DJJ staff to screen referrals and divert youth with low-level offenses away from the juvenile court and instead connect them to pro-social adults and activities. If DJJ becomes aware of younger siblings living in the same household, they can also include those children in the referral to the B&GC as a preventative measure.

Because of our ability to reinvest savings from closing Beaumont, we are now in a position to invest in diversion programs like this one, particularly in communities where young people are at higher risk of criminal activity or victimization. The Boys and Girls Club has a long history of ...

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