JWYC Adams County: Baby On Board!

In partnership with Adams County Children, Youth and Families Department, our JusticeWorks Adams County team hosted a Child Car seat training on November 28th 2017, providing installation information coupled with a demonstration session.


Baby On Board

Finding the proper care seat for your child can be a challenge. There are multiple styles, safety harness apparatus’s, and lengthy regulations. Like any other tool, if not used properly, it can be ineffective in protecting your child in a case of an accident. (more…)

Dan Heit Elected to Museum Board of Directors

Dan was recently elected to the Board of the Mattress Factory museum located in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.

Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world. The Mattress Factory’s mission is to: provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, to educate and encourage people to understand and experience the multi-disciplinary creative process of installation artists, and to energize its urban neighborhood through expansion and development of artistic and education programs.  The Mattress Factory hosts a variety of programs for elementary, middle and high school students reaching thousands of children each year.

Dan’s willingness to join the Board reaffirms his commitment to helping communities build better futures and his belief that art enriches our lives. (more…)

JusticeWorks: The Art of Excellence Number 9

Pittsburgh Business Times 2017 Fastest Growing Companies

For a remarkable ninth year in a row, JusticeWorks YouthCare has been named by Pittsburgh Business Times as one of Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies!  JusticeWorks is ranked 11th in the Professional Services category.

Our continuous growth (now in 40 Pennsylvania counties, soon to be a fully state-wide South Carolina provider, and expansion in Florida) is testament to our doing ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve positive outcomes for our clients and to be a user-friendly, cost-effective resource for the public sector.

This extraordinary record of achievement is only possible because of the dedication and hard work of each and every one of our JusticeWorks employees.  Thanks to all of our employees for their continued efforts to build better futures for youth, family, and community–and for keeping JusticeWorks’ thriving.  Under the leadership of our President and CEO, Dan Heit, we are a trusted provider that’s been able to replicate our successes over the past 18 years.

Congratulations JusticeWorks YouthCare!

No Surprise Here! Dan Heit Selected as a 2017 Smart 50 Award Honoree

JusticeWorks Founder & President Dan Heit has been selected as a member of the 2017 Smart 50 Awards presented by Arthur J. Gallagher.

The Smart 50 recognizes the top executives of the 50 smartest companies in the region for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations.  Dan will be recognized with fellow members at the Smart 50 Awards program on November 9th at The Fairmont Pittsburgh, and featured in a special editorial report in the November edition of Smart Business Pittsburgh.

Congratulations Dan!  All of us at JusticeWorks share the same sentiment.

Pike County JWYC Expands to Offer Independent Living Services!

The mission of JusticeWorks is to fill in missing links in existing service systems to improve outcomes for troubled youth and their families, while maximizing public resources and improving the quality of life for the communities it serves. Pike County is no exception to our long standing tradition of positively supporting the community.  Pike County Children and Youth identified a gap in care for the youth they serve.  At their request, JusticeWorks will be offering Independent Living services.  We will be providing skills training that will ensure the youth of Pike County have a successful transition into adulthood.  We are proud to be selected by Pike County to support this vulnerable population. 

Compass Academy Lycoming Finishes Strong!

Compass Academy Lycoming

The end of the 2016-2017 school year has arrived, and Compass Academy – Lycoming was able to celebrate our second annual end-of-year open house on June 1! Numerous partners from surrounding counties were in attendance including Lycoming County Commissioner Tony Mussare, Lycoming County Judge Gray along with Hearing Masters Dana Jacques and Diane Turner, several representatives from Lycoming College including Lori Lyons and Dr. Kerry Richmond, Williamsport YMCA Director Darnell Hayes, Lycoming County Juvenile Probation Chief Ed Robbins and more! (more…)

You are invited!

Mt. Carmel Compass Academy Open House Invitation

Mount Carmel Compass Academy Open House Invite

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Compass Academy Students provide Easter Egg Hunt for Little Friends Day Care

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Brandi McDowell, senior at Compass Academy

Brandi McDowell, a senior at Compass Academy, decorates Rilynn Fallat’s face during an Easter egg hunt in the Mount Carmel Town Park Tuesday.

MOUNT CARMEL — Children from the Little Friends Day Care had a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny thanks to the efforts of students from Mount Carmel’s Compass Academy Tuesday.

Students at the Academy were challenged to find a way to give back to the community. One of the ideas was to organize an Easter Egg hunt. In preparation for the event, the teenagers filled plastic eggs with candy and toys, made “bunny baskets” for the children, and acquired a bunny costume. The teens also cleaned up the town park the day before the event.

Children from Little Friends Day Care followed, from a distance, a very shy Easter Bunny. The walk ended at the town park. After sitting quietly, the children were able to coax the Easter Bunny over to them.

Students from Compass explained to the kids how to participate in an egg hunt, handed out bags to collect eggs, and then helped lead the children to find the eggs. Several eggs held coupons for larger prizes. After the egg hunt, the youth from Compass Academy provided other activities, including face painting and taking portraits with the Easter Bunny.

Mrs. Gidaro, the teacher supervising the Compass Academy students, said, “I’m very proud of the students. They worked very hard to put everything together for the kids. And I think everyone had a good time.”

Brandi McDowell, a senior at the academy, was a face painter. When asked what she had learned out of the whole experience she said that “It required a lot of patience, I really enjoyed watching the kids smile and have a good time.”


Dan Heit Participates in County Child Welfare Finance Reform

Dan Heit, PresidentOur own President and CEO, Dan Heit, was formally invited to participate as a member of a multi-disciplinary stakeholder workgroup, under the leadership of the Child Welfare Council.  This workgroup is tasked with developing recommendations for county child welfare finance reform.  The workgroup is convened by Cathie Utz, Deputy Secretary of the Office of Children, Youth and Families, and is comprised of state and county officials as well as providers.  JusticeWorks expertise providing in-home services led to Dan’s appointment.

Federal law has changed significantly since the Adoption and Safe Families Act was passed to support state and county efforts to improve practice and service delivery geared toward keeping children safely in their own homes or ensuring timely permanence when they cannot remain with family.  States and counties have been asked to expand the array of available services, including the expansion of evidence-based programs and decreasing the use of services that don’t have proven outcomes.

The role for the stakeholder workgroup will be to prioritize the alignment of state funds to support current child welfare practices focused on home and community-based services and prevention.

As a member of this workgroup, Dan will assist in the identification of the necessary action steps and decision points to develop recommendations for DHS’s consideration and the drafting of any recommended legislation.

Congratulations Dan!

Philadelphia Chooses JusticeWorks to Assist Victims of Human Trafficking

On February 14, JusticeWorks YouthCare was awarded a contract with Philadelphia County to provide specialized support for victims of human trafficking, a tragic worldwide problem.

JusticeWorks will utilize 2 research-based programs to help young men and women who have had this traumatic experience.  Our model will use The Council for Boys and Young Men, and Voices.  Our trauma-informed program will provide empowerment support, life skills training, and linkages to other resources.

We look forward to our continued partnership with Philadelphia’s DHS to provide this critically important service.

JusticeWorks YouthCare Develops New Program to Combat Truancy!

Truancy is a major problem nationwide and often indicative of other factors affecting a child’s ability to attend school.  JusticeWorks YouthCare Truancy programs are designed to identify the root causes of truant behavior, and to engage families as partners in eliminating truancy.


Attendance Improvement Program


On November 3, 2016, Governor Wolfe signed new truancy legislation into law.  In response to these changes, JusticeWorks developed the Attendance Improvement Program (AIP) with the goal of developing partnerships with schools, child welfare agencies, families, and youth in resolving the issues that cause habitual truancy.

The JusticeWorks Attendance Improvement Program (AIP) is designed as a diversion and educational service for students and families and is offered as a voluntary program. The target population is for elementary, middle, and high school students that have received three (3) unexcused absences and are in danger of progressing to habitual truancy.

We are pleased to announce that Adams County Children and Youth and West Chester School District in Chester County have contracted to implement our program in combating truancy.  Other school districts have also expressed interest in our diversion program.  Stay tuned as we track the success of this program.

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