DJJ Participates in College Park’s National Night Out

August 14, 2018

Staff members from the Office of Volunteer Services, Clayton Community Service Office (CSO) and Fulton High Intensity Team Supervision (HITS) represented the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) at College Park’s National Night Out celebration on August 7th.  Local families flocked College Park City Hall and Auditorium Grounds for an evening of food, fun and the opportunity to connect with the men and women who protect and serve Clayton and Fulton Counties. This year’s event was sponsored by the College Park Police Department.

Former Young Offender Receives ‘Phoenix Award’ at Second Annual Georgia Reentry Summit

August 10, 2018

“Committed” .. “determined” .. and “goal-oriented” are among the many dynamic traits used to describe former DJJ youth in custody, Armoni Boyd-Strozier, who recently received DJJ’s inspirational Phoenix Award at the Second Annual Georgia Reentry Summit. The Phoenix Award was presented by the Office of Reentry Services on behalf of the Department of Juvenile Justice. The award is conferred upon a youth who is currently reentering the community and working toward a promising future, after serving a sentence in juvenile detention. Mr. Boyd-Strozier received his “Phoenix” following his release from custody at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus (YDC). 

PBIS at DJJ: Recent Elbert Shaw RYDC August Employees of the Month

August 10, 2018

The Elbert Shaw Regional Youth Detention Center (Elbert Shaw RYDC) announced that Cadet Bryon Cagle and Cadet Jasmine Gilreath were named recent Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) Employees of the Month for the facility. The PBIS Employee of the Month award is open to all in fields of Safety & Security, Medical, Counselors, Mental Health, Education, Food Service, Maintenance, Business, Personnel, Support Staff and Administration.

DJJ in the Community: Monroe County Back to School Rally

August 9, 2018

Staff members from DJJ’s Office of Victim and Volunteer Services and the Monroe County Community Service Office (CSO) partnered in Monroe County’s Back to School Rally on July 28th. Local families attended the annual event at the Forsyth Police Department to observe the official end of summer and celebrate the start of the new school year. This year’s rally was co-sponsored and supported by the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Monroe County Schools, City of Forsyth Police and Fire Departments, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Care Cottages and Family Connections. 

Eastman YDC Horticulture Students Visit the Atlanta Botanical Gardens

August 9, 2018

The Eastman YDC horticulture students had a recent opportunity to expand their interest in planting and cultivating flowers with a DJJ field trip to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The trip was made possible through the generosity of the Botanical Garden’s Title I School Discount Program. The discount removes economic barriers to allow students from Title I schools to experience the inspiring programs. The Office of Volunteer Services coordinated the educational trip with partners at Atlanta’s Gardens to send DJJ students to see the floral exhibits at no cost.

Atlanta YDC: Summer Scholar Awards

August 6, 2018

The education team at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus (YDC) hosted a ‘Summer Scholar Awards’ ceremony to honor DJJ students for their academic achievements. Parents, teachers and education staff attended the ceremonies to celebrate the successful conclusion of this summer school session. The Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) offers three educational programs to accommodate the academic needs of its youth: the Georgia Preparatory Academy (GPA), the Pathway to Success and the Connections Graduate Program (CGP).