Email received from a teacher with Brandon Epic Center:
I would like to extend my deepest gratitude and positive behavior experiences I have had with students because of JusticeWorks. I have had students make positive changes, from behavior to grades. I don’t know what you are doing to create this positive environment to encourage these students to want to exceed beyond their expectations (as well as mine). I am superbly impressed and appreciate the hard work and dedication you have instilled in these young peoples’ lives. Thank you.
We thank you for recognizing our staff’s experience and accomplishments with the students at Brandon Epic Center. We are grateful for our JusticeWorks FL team.
Pictured (L-R): Jose Borras-Osorio, Director; Albert Lee, Behavioral Specialist; Bianca Robertson, Behavioral Specialist; David Robinson, Behavioral Specialist
In collaboration with Paul Burke, Dr. Essie Johnson (Principal at Brandon EPIC Center) and Mr. Cornelius Bobo (Principal at North Tampa EPIC Center) arranged for all faculty and staff (including instructional personnel, classroom aides, security, and administrative staff) at both academic institutions to come together in preparation for the upcoming academic year. In addition to Hillsborough County Public School staff, JusticeWorks FL team members were invited to participate to start fostering strong collaborative relationships with Hillsborough Public School staff.
All participants were encouraged, through a series of activities and breakout training sessions, to get to know one another and begin building professional relationships to ensure that everyone is “working together as one to achieve excellence and success” for the students of those sites. read more…
On March 8th, our President and CEO, Dan Heit and Dipesh Chauhan, Director of Business Development were invited to present JusticeWorks’ proven models of cost effective programming at the Florida Coalition for Children’s CEO Council Adequacy Model Steering Workgroup. We had a positive response from Lead Agencies across the state of Florida who saw that our proven community-based services which prevent out-of-home placements were well aligned with their goals.
Subsequent conversations have led us to partner with the extraordinary Brevard Family Partnership (Lead Agency for Brevard County). We knew we’d get along well when we discovered we shared a fundamental principle to do “Whatever It Takes” to achieve positive outcomes. We both employ that operating philosophy as a tag line and a constant encouragement to our staffs.
Starting July, 2016 Brevard Family Partnership is contracting with JusticeWorks FL to provide Reunification Services to children returning home from foster care. We have been warmly welcomed by the Brevard Team and we’re excited about this partnership.
Brevard County will be our second program in Florida. We will soon begin offering Behavioral Support Services & Family Engagement to students in alternative schools in Hillsborough School District. We are grateful to the Florida Legislature for earmarking funding through the Department of Juvenile Justice to create this watershed project.
In both new programs, we are committed to achieving positive outcomes for the children and families that we will be serving and to being a cost-effective resource for Florida.
This past year, our President and CEO, Dan Heit, was invited to Hillsborough County in the Sunshine State of Florida, to discuss needed services for the public school system. The School District of Hillsborough County is one of the largest school districts in the United States.
In collaboration with Wansley Walters (Ballard Partners), the former Secretary for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, a detailed plan was created to improve attendance; behavior, parental involvement and graduation rates. We were gratified that the Florida legislature endorsed our plan by earmarking funding for JusticeWorks to provide behavioral support and family outreach services to two Hillsborough County Alternative Education Schools. We will begin providing services for the upcoming school year of 2016/2017. read more…