PBIS at DJJ: Eastman YDC Summer Events

At the Eastman Youth Development Campus (Eastman YDC), the onset of summer means several exciting events featured on their Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) calendar. Youth who were incident-free and who had no cool-off periods, special incident reports or redirections for a significant period of time were rewarded with access to the special PBIS events at the facility. 

The main PBIS events for the Eastman YDC this summer included:

  • Ice Cream Social

  • 'Funtastic' Fridays

  • Staff/Youth Recognition

  • Family Engagement Events

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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.