PBIS at DJJ: Happy Hearts Sock Hop
Photo and story support from Macon YDC Institutional Program Director Cameka Anderson
On Valentine's Day, the Macon Youth Development Campus (Macon YDC) sponsored a Happy Heart "Sock Hop" as part of the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. For youth who qualifed to participate in the "Sock Hop", there were many games available to play including "pass the Mic" Karaoke, PIN the Emoji, the Broken Hearts Compound Words game, Soul Train Line and Bus Stop. Provided food included finger sandwiches, angel eggs, boneless wings, chips and dip, cupcakes, candy and punch. Colorful socks were provided with no shoes allowed.
PBIS is an evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes. More than 23,000 U.S. schools are implementing PBIS and saving countless instructional hours otherwise lost to discipline. The premise of PBIS is that continual teaching, combined with acknowledgement or feedback of positive student over the counter behavior, will reduce unnecessary discipline and promote a climate of greater productivity, safety and learning. PBIS schools apply a multi-tiered approach to prevention, using disciplinary data and principles of behavior analysis to develop school-wide, targeted and individualized interventions and supports to improve the school climate for all students.