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!
JusticeWorks YouthCare is excited to announce the opening of a new Compass Academy, Compass Academy – Schuylkill, for the 2018/2019 academic year. JusticeWorks has enjoyed a strong partnership with Schuylkill County since 2016 and welcomes the opportunity to provide alternative education services for 50 or more Schuylkill County youth.
JWYC Compass Academy is designed to reduce drop-out rates, improve school attendance, and teach skills that enhance academic performance, increase graduation rates, support resiliency development, and provide a full-service credit recovery program. Non-traditional students are given the opportunity to experience learning through small group instruction in a structured environment with teachers that emphasize a differentiated approach to teaching. All materials, curriculum, support, and guidance is provided to support students towards meeting district and state requirements to either graduate or transition back to their home school. Centrally located in Minersville, PA in the Schuylkill Intermediate Unit #29, Compass Academy- Schuylkill will also provide students with access to a wide variety of educational and recreational facilities on site such as an indoor gym, a pool, spacious classrooms, and an independent living suite that offers full kitchen amenities.
Enrollment for the 2018/2019 school year will begin on July 2, 2018 and will be available to students within the 12 Schuylkill County School Districts and school districts in surrounding counties.
JWYC Staff from left to right: Russ Lambing, Lauren Dickinson, Lisa Snyder, Lindsey Jones, and Justin Smyers
On July 3, 2018, JWYC President, Dan Heit, hosted a luncheon in honor of staff at JWYC-Indiana for being recognized by The Pennsylvania Older Youth Retreat Steering Committee as the recipient of The Older Youth Services Agency of the Year Award. Pictured from left to Right: President Dan Heit, Lindsey Jones, Russ Lambing, Lisa Snyder, Lauren Dickinson and Justin Smyers
(Letter to Independent Living Specialist, Lindsey Jones, received from Lisa Kessler, Statewide Resource Specialist, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work).
Congratulations! On behalf of the Pennsylvania Older Youth Retreat Steering Committee, I am honored to inform you that JusticeWorks YouthCare of Indiana County has been selected as the recipient of the 7th Annual Older Youth Services Agency of the Year Award. Your agency was nominated by youth and alumni who have received services from your agency. The nomination highlights the agency’s efforts to go above and beyond for youth, assisting them in identifying and working toward their goals, and for positively impacting the lives of the youth you serve.
The Older Youth Retreat Steering Committee is comprised of youth and alumni of the child welfare system who plan an annual retreat at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown Campus. The retreat is a week-long experience where youth ages 16-21, from Pennsylvania’s foster care system, have an opportunity to network with their peers. The Retreat Steering Committee felt it was important to acknowledge an agency providing services that positively impact the lives of older youth who are currently in or have aged out of the foster care system in Pennsylvania. Your agency’s commitment to helping youth successfully transition into adulthood has been acknowledged by the youth you serve.
We would like to invite you or your representative to receive this award during the Older Youth Retreat Banquet on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh’s Johnstown Campus, Living Learning Center.
What is especially notable is that the award came from the positive feedback of the youth we have served. Congratulations to our Independent Living Team – Lindsey Jones, Lisa Snyder, Justin Smyers, Russell Lambing, Lauren Dickinson and of course our Indiana Children and Youth partners, April Bogdanski, Kim Broadbent, Brad Beers, and Holly Moyer-George. Your excellent work with youth in transition to adulthood and dedication to the JWYC Mission is reflected in this award!
Compass Academy – Williamsport Open House
May 31, 2018
Compass Academy had another spectacular close to an incredible year! Our Open House included parents, providers, universities, judges, juvenile probation and a commissioner. We are very proud of the community support that we have been blessed with in Lycoming County.
Our Open House included a motivational keynote by our President & CEO, Dan Heit, and a moving speech by one of our graduating seniors, An-Nisa (see below).
Thank you to everyone that made 2017-2018 school year a success!
Pictured from left to right: Ian Nutt, JWYC Director of Lycoming County, An-Nisa, graduating senior, and President & CEO of JWYC, Dan Heit:
Open House Attendees!
President & CEO, Dan Heit providing the Keynote Address:
A message from An-Nisa to everyone that attended the Open House!
We are happy to announce that National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) has chosen JusticeWorks to serve as one of their providers for Family Engagement Services in the 11 counties that make up Region 4. We are honored to be partnering with NYAP to provide this great service to families referred by DSS. Our main goal is to support families and prevent children from entering or remaining in foster care. We do this by seeking out additional family members that can support the children, identifying resources needed, and becoming creative with solutions to problems that affect our families.
We currently have a great team of four coordinators who have been gone through extensive training and supervision in order to provide services such as Family Team Meetings and Family Group Conferences.
The program started in January and we are proud to say that we have already held eight successful services to identify creative solutions to keep families together. We have a wonderful team, stay tuned to learn more about the work they are doing! read more…
JusticeWorks BehavioralCare is pleased to announce that Krista Godek, LISW-CP, has been promoted to become our Executive Director in the State of South Carolina!
Krista’s career began in education as a Special Education teacher where her concern for children led her to obtaining a Master’s Degree in Social Work and then becoming a Licensed Practitioner of the Healing Arts. She worked in a variety of educational and treatment environments before joining JusticeWorks BC as a Supervisor in 2014. Her passionate commitment to our work and her skills led to several promotions, the last being our state-wide Director of Operations. She has deepened our commitment to quality service, and helped lead the continuous expansion of staff and services throughout the state.
Krista exemplifies the JusticeWorks philosophy of creating a great place to work, building strong teams, and supporting staff to do their best while assuring accountability and doing ‘whatever it takes’ to achieve positive outcomes.