On September 27, 2018, at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Pocono Manor, Pa., our Adams & Franklin County Program Director, Sean Lazarus, was awarded the President’s Award by the JDCAP organization (Juvenile Detention Centers and Alternative Programs).
This award was established by JDCAP President Chuck McLister in 2005. This award is selected, without nomination, by the President of the Association, in consultation with the Executive Director. The award is given to the member agency Administrator, or similarly ranking leader, who has exhibited model participation, exceptional leadership, and dedication to the JDCAP mission above and beyond what is expected of any active member. This association member will have volunteered their time, incurred personal sacrifice, all while maintaining their “day jobs” as department heads and senior managers of their organization.
Sean’s professionalism and passion for his work reflect the JusticeWorks mission of doing ‘whatever it takes’ to assist families in reaching, and sometimes exceeding their goals.
Sean is a member of JDCAP and has been a vocal participant on the legislative subcommittee.
Congratulations Sean! It is an award well-deserved.
JusticeWorks-Lycoming will now provide Behavioral Support Services in the South Williamsport School District. The Behavioral Support Program is an extension of services currently offered by JusticeWorks in the South Williamsport School District and will commence at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
Over the past three years, JWYC’s Alternative Education Program, Compass Academy-Lycoming has been in partnership with South Williamsport Area School District and have provided educational and academic support to students with various behavioral challenges. As a result of our collaboration, students have demonstrated significant academic and behavioral progress. Due to the success of the alternative education program, South Williamsport School District approached JusticeWorks with a need for behavioral support services within two of the district’s elementary schools.
In May, Regional Director, Jeffrey Ralph, Director of Program Development, Dipesh Chauhan, and Director, Ian Nutt met with Dr. Mark Stamm, Superintendent of the South Williamsport School District, to discuss the potential for JusticeWorks to expand current services offered by JWYC. After further discussion and additional meetings, Jeff, Dipesh, and Ian identified the needs of the district and created a Behavioral Support Services proposal that was ultimately approved by South Williamsport School District on 7/16/18!
Julie Waldman will join the JusticeWorks team as the Behavioral Analyst for the Behavioral Support Program. Julie will be engaging the youth and families through home visits, individual and group sessions, school meetings, and various forms of behavioral intervention at school.
JusticeWorks is very excited to have the opportunity to expand our partnership with the South Williamsport Area School District and look forward to another successful school year!
Pictured Above: Volunteers participating in the 2018 Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade included representatives from JusticeWorks YouthCare, The Loyalsock School District, Old Navy, PPL, and the YMCA.
JusticeWorks Lycoming Youth Recognized for Volunteer Efforts Supporting Cancer Survivors
JusticeWorks-Lycoming youth, Julio M. and Gabe M., represented JusticeWorks YouthCare at the 2018 Little League World Series Grand Slam Parade, benefitting the YMCA Program, LIVESTRONG.
The 3-hour parade took place in Williamsport, PA., and honored cancer survivors and their families on their journey to empowerment. During the parade, Julio and Gabe worked tirelessly coordinating with team members and interacting with participants in a supportive manner.
Among their many contributions, Julio and Gabe walked alongside the Barcelona, Spain float for over two miles through heavy traffic, guiding participants to maintain safety. They also assisted with event set-up and passing out candy. Despite its challenges, volunteers and participants commented on how much the boys seemed to enjoy the experience. Both boys exhibited patience, empathy, and team spirit from their accomplishments. They will each earn community service hours for their participation in this inspiring event.
Great work Julio and Gabe, way to knock it out of the park!
JWYC-Richland County, SC staff model their new JWYC shirts to celebrate JusticeWorks’ 19th Birthday.
Photo Above – (Front Row, L to R): Lotte Bonneau, LaQuile West, Pamela Gamble, Christine Willis;
(Back Row, L to R): Rodrecus Atkinson, Grenisha Beatty, Ervin Bond
Photo Below – Front Row, L to R): Joy Currence, Mellisa Young; (Back Row, L to R): Cedric Swiggins, Valentine Baptiste-Thomas, Monique Ontiveros, Latoya Ross, Paula Huston-McNair
Richland County, South Carolina Helps Celebrate JusticeWorks’ 19th Year!
JusticeWorks YouthCare celebrated its 19th Birthday on August 1, 2018! From our humble beginnings in 1999 with only one service (JustCare®) and two staff members, we have grown to serve child welfare, juvenile probation, adult corrections, and school institutions in 91 counties in Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Maryland, and Florida. To celebrate and honor the hard work and commitment of each staff member, our President and CEO, Dan Heit, gifted JWYC shirts to more than 600 JusticeWorks employees. Our staff in Richland County, South Carolina, responded to Mr. Heit’s generosity by sending him a photo of themselves posing with their shirts.
All of our efforts and all of our success stories with thousands of children and families each year are only possible because of the commitment and hard work of our employees. “We have built a winning culture of doing ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve positive outcomes with our families AND to be able to document the results of our work, so that our public sector partners know that their money is well-spent. This formula has kept us going & growing and will continue to do so!,” said Dan Heit in an email to all of his employees at JusticeWorks. In the email, Mr. Heit also thanked everyone for helping to make JWYC’s 19th birthday possible and for helping to build better futures for children, families, and our community.
Thank you, Mr. Heit, for the shirts – we’re happy to be part of JusticeWorks as it begins it’s 20th year.
JusticeWorks YouthCare to Provide Visit Coaching in Cecil County, Maryland!
JusticeWorks YouthCare is pleased to announce that we were chosen to provide Visit Coaching in Cecil County, Maryland. Our proposal for Visit Coaching, utilizing the Marty Beyer model, was selected following a response to an RFQ issued by the Cecil County Circuit Court to provide therapeutic visitation services for custody cases.
The Marty Beyer Visit Coaching model allows parents to experience parent-child contact while a professional facilitates the development of sustainable parenting skills. The goal of Visit Coaching is to afford children and parents the opportunity to re‑establish a meaningful and positive parent-child relationship in a supervised and safe setting and to help reunite families with their children. We currently provide this valuable service in several Pennsylvania counties and Hamilton County, Ohio.
We look forward to a positive partnership with the Cecil County Circuit Court. We will do ‘whatever it takes’ to ensure the highest level of success for families served.
Tomorrow, August 1st, we celebrate JusticeWorks’ 19th birthday!
In 1999 we incorporated and began our first JustCare service with Lehigh County Juvenile Probation. We had 2 staff; one in Western PA working with delinquent youth placed in public and private institutions, and another in Lehigh who provided support and supervision when kids returned home. We were successful at reducing length of stay in all facilities, and achieved very positive recidivism results. Which started our growth, and today we operate in 91 counties in 5 states with more than 600 staff!
The $300 I invested to create JusticeWorks has worked out pretty well (at the time, it was pretty much all the money I had!).
All of our growth and all of our miracle stories with thousands of children and families each year are only possible because of the commitment and hard work of each of you. We have built a winning culture of doing whatever it takes to achieve a positive outcome with our families AND to be able to document the results of our work so our public sector partners know that their money is well-spent. This formula has kept us going & growing… and will continue to!
I thank each of you for helping to make this possible and for helping to build better futures for children, families and our community.
Soon, you will be receiving a birthday present from JusticeWorks. Enjoy & use/wear with pride!
Every best wish,
We are planning a fantastic 20th Anniversary Party next August… time and place(s) to be announced. Stay tuned!