March 4, 2018 – More than 300 family members visited 120 residents at Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center's "March Madness" event on Sunday. It was a time of festivities and fun for our residents, families, volunteers, DJJ staff and community partners. It proved to be a great time for families have lunch with their children, and then engage in fun indoor activities such as basketball shoot-out, basketball "Connect 4," cornhole, and ring toss.
February 23, 2018 – "Your work is exquisite -- it almost brought me to tears," Christine Vinh, an exhibitor at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, told quilting instructor Roy Mitchell's students upon seeing their work on display Friday at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton. Vinh and her colleague Judy Gula, owner of Artistic Artifacts of Alexandria, were so impressed that they presented Mitchell and the three residents who accompanied him with three bolts of Indonesian-made material for use in their classroom, with a promise to stay in touch and make future donations. It was the second year that Mitchell's students had quilts entered in the show, with a total of 19 occupying a full row of displays. Mitchell, whose classroom mantra is "You Are Somebody," has taught quilting to dozens of DJJ residents since 2012.