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DJJ News Releases by Year

What's Working

Real-World Practice

June 22, 2017 – Resident Earns First Ever Off-Campus Trip To Hone Social Skills

Creating the Continuum

May 30, 2017 – Regional Service Coordinators Lining Up Providers Throughout Commonwealth

The Community Placement Program

April 24, 2017 – Youngest Programs Already Making Positive Inroads

Sharing Our Success With Others

April 13, 2017 – Five Juvenile Justice Agencies Get Firsthand Look At Our Progress Toward Transformation

More Partners, Better Outcomes

March 27, 2017 – All CSU 21 Jurisdictions Contributing To Higher Rates Of Youth Success

DJJ Forum

18th Unit To Open At Bon Air

May 8, 2017 – Every Unit To Receive More Staff; New Isolation Policy Coming Soon

DJJ Training Academy Now Providing Leadership Development Program

December 5. 2016 – DJJ Training Academy Now Providing Leadership Development Program

Public Service Recognition Week

June 28, 2016 – Special Recognition Edition

Transformation Includes New Website

April 20, 2016 – New Emphasis Placed On Making Key Information For DJJ Families Easy To Find

Leading 101

January 11, 2016 – Three Levels Of Instruction Will Help Anyone Wishing To Be A Great DJJ Leader

CSUnity

June 2017 – Evidence-Based Principle 2: Enhance Intrinsic Motivation

April 2017 – Evidence-Based Principle 1: Assessing Actuarial Risk

February 2017 – Eight Evidence-Based Principles Will Increase CSU Success Stories

October 2016 – Justice Transformation Institute Teaching DJJ the Leadership Of Change

September 2016 – New Tools To Help Us Work In Tandem

EduTopics

July 17, 2017 – Goal 5: Ensure Compliance In Educational Programs

June 1, 2017 – Goal 4: Implement Data Analysis Systems

April 20, 2017 – Goal 3: Communicating With Stakeholders

March 24, 2017 – Providing Quality Instructional Practices

February 6, 2017 – 5 Goals = 1 Result: Quality In The Classroom

Other DJJ News

January 25, 2017 – DJJ Director Andy Block recently was a guest on Reston Comcast Channel 28’s “Virginia Report” television program hosted by Del. Ken Plum of Virginia’s 36th District. Director Block appeared along with Dan Edwards, president of Evidence Based Associates (EBA), to talk with Del. Plum about the continuum of services DJJ is building for youth throughout the Commonwealth. EBA is one of two service coordination agencies that are helping DJJ ensure that youths get the services they need, regardless of where they might live.

Click HERE to see interview.

Bon Air Thanksgiving dinner

November 22, 2016 – Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center residents enrolled in the Culinary Arts program planned and prepared a Thanksgiving meal that culminated with the residents and staff enjoying the fruits of their labors. The meal was a Project-Based Learning (PBL) activity in which each dish prepared was a separate lesson in which several skills were taught. Workplace skills included demonstrating creativity, job-specific math skills, problem solving, time management, proper food storage and handling, menu planning, dining service, weight, measure, recipe reading, teamwork, and customer service skills. Culinary skills included pasta, sauce making, yeast bread, roasting poultry, dessert preparation, and food presentation.

September 8, 2016 – Another first occurred for the youth and staff in DJJ’s Juvenile Correctional Center (JCCs) on Thursday, Sept. 8, when members of the Beaumont and Bon Air JCC Youth Advisory Councils, as well as staff from each facility, had an opportunity to meet with Governor Terry McAuliffe, First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe, and members of the Governor’s staff. They were meeting to present their ideas about forming a resident government in the JCCs, and to learn from the Commonwealth’s leaders about the key elements of government. The Youth Advisory Councils are made up of residents from all units within the JCCs who meet with the superintendent to discuss and voice their concerns regarding their unit’s issues. The Councils are now developing a process that will provide them with the opportunity to establish a form of representative government. This student government body will help residents have a voice and ownership of their units and neighborhoods (residential areas), and give them a chance to make recommendations on campus matters to all levels of management.

At the meeting with Governor McAuliffe and his staff, the residents learned about drafting a constitution, campaign strategies, establishing voting procedures, the importance of truly representing constituents, the value of compromise, and the benefits of a democratic form of government. These residents will take the information learned at this meeting back to their facilities to help roll out a plan to establish their student government. The residents also heard from Del. Charniele Herring who told them how she had experienced homelessness as a child and how important it was for them to become advocates so that people in government understood their stories, their experiences, and their needs. The Governor, First Lady, and the Governor’s team were all impressed with the level of preparation, participation and engagement of our kids.

Special recognition also goes to Jack Ledden, DJJ’s Deputy Director for Residential Services, whose first envisioned this program and whose leadership has moved the process to this point, and to Beaumont and Bon Air staff and Executive Assistant Wendy Hoffman, all of whom went considerable effort to get the residents downtown for the meeting, and to ensure the meeting went smoothly.

First Lady and Governor listen to resident
Gov's Staff Applauding
Resident Speaks to Gov. McAuliffe
Resident with PowerPoint
McAuliffe addresses residents

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Greg Davy
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(804) 588-3910
gregory.davy@djj.virginia.gov

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