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April 16, 2018 – Click here for the summary of DJJ’s Community Resource Event

March 9, 2018 – Click here for the summary of DJJ’s Black History Month Observance

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.

Bon Air March Madness
Bon Air March Madness
Bon Air March Madness
Bon Air March Madness

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.

Christine Vinh and residents
Mitchell shows elephant detail
Mitchell and residents
Vinh and Gula present material

December 2017 – DJJ's Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center recently hosted the Residential Services Unit Employee Recognition Ceremony, where 66 employees ranging from five years of service to 45 years received certificates of appreciation and gifts for their dedicated service. Bon Air's employees perform a range of vital services, including food service, health and therapeutic care, maintenance, security, guidance and advocacy. Deputy Director for Residential Services Joyce Holmon provided keynote remarks. We are proud of our Residential Services Unit employees, who directly or indirectly are helping to change the lives of the youth in our care.

42-year service award

Bon Air management and DJJ's executive team members express their appreciation to Imogene Smith for her 45 years of service with DJJ. From left: Bon Air Juvenile Correctional Center (JCC) Superintendent Russell Jennings; Bon Air Residential Program Manager Maurice Sessoms; Deputy Director of Administration and Finance Daryl Francis; Imogene Smith; Deputy Director of Residential Services Joyce Holmon; Deputy Director of Education Dr. Lisa Floyd; Chief Deputy Director Angela Valentine; Director Andy Block.

Group shot
Bon Air JCC Employees Recognized For Service

Cheering on their fellow Bon Air employees during the Employee Recognition Ceremony were Operations Manager Lakara Johnson, left, Security Coordinator Nicole Bailey.

Holmon Speaking

Deputy Director of Residential Services Joyce Holmon gave the keynote address.

What's Working

A Harvest Of Life Experiences

November 7, 2017 – “Farm To School” Project Gives Residents Multi-Level Learning Opportunities

It Was A Family Day For Us, Too

September 29, 2017 – DJJ Staff From Across Commonwealth Work As Team On Common Goal

A Place To Live – And So Much More

July 21, 2017 – Apartment Living Program Also Provides Intensive Life Skills Course

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

DJJ Forum

Made From Scratch

November 30, 2017 – Residents Give Thumbs Up To Healthier Menu, Which Also Allows More Culinary Creativity

BADGE Goes Mobile

August 18, 2017 – DJJ’s IT Unit Creates New App That Allows Access In The Field

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


February 2018 – Responsivity Considers Each Individual

September 2017 – Principle 3A: Targeting Risk And Needs

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

Residential Circle-Up

February 1, 2018 – You Made It Merry For 300 Visitors

October 5, 2017 – Residential Unit: It’s Time To Circle Up!


September 6, 2017 – Stoking The Flame Of Learning

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

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