‘All students have dignity, worth and the ability to learn’ (News Media article from the Williamsport Sun-Gazette
There is tremendous progress being made to change the way our juvenile justice system operates. Advocates across Pennsylvania, including JusticeWorks YouthCare, are hard at work to create more effective, community-based solutions that will help young people stay out of the criminal justice system as adults.
The Williamsport Sun-Gazette illustrates the power of community and agency in creating a Lycoming County success story for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Refer to the link:
On July 19, 2019, we were informed that the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judge’s Commission (JCJC) had chosen JusticeWorks YouthCare to receive the 2019 Community-Based Program of the Year award.
We were nominated by the Berks County Juvenile Probation Department. JusticeWorks and Berks County Juvenile Probation have maintained a strong partnership for over ten years. We know our good work depends on our collaboration with our public partners. Berks County Juvenile Probation has been an exceptional supporter and creative partner in the success of the youth we serve.
We also want to thank our incredible staff. We understand that having an atmosphere conducive to achieving positive outcomes depends entirely on having a positive staff culture. We know that our employees are vital to our success as an organization. They prove it on a daily basis, year after year.
Furthermore, thank you to our Program Director, Rebecca Bieber, for her strong leadership and commitment to quality care. Rebecca is a great example of JusticeWorks’ value of promoting from within! In 2008, Rebecca began her career as a Family Resource Specialist. In 2013, she became our Director of Berks County!
JusticeWorks will receive the award at the 2019 James E. Anderson Pennsylvania Conference on Juvenile Justice to be held on November 6-8 at the Harrisburg Hilton and Towers. The conference is sponsored by the Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission, the Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, and the Juvenile Court Section of the Pennsylvania Conference of State Trial Judges.
We are honored and thrilled to receive this prestigious award!
And we’re off! Tryouts were held in October to create our 2018-2019 Compass Academy Lycoming basketball team! Each week we have been preparing for our 7-game schedule through practices onsite at our new school building and at the Williamsport YMCA. But we aren’t just practicing for basketball – we are preparing for life! Included in these practices are leadership development exercises and honest conversations about the challenges our youth face daily. Each week, our team grows stronger. The individual strengths of our participants support the foundation of cohesive teamwork! We would love for our JusticeWorks squad to come out and cheer us on at one of our games, starting on 11/29 in Hazelton at Immanuel Christian! Wish us luck!
Pictured above: far left is Visit Coach, Natasha Gee, Director, Katrina Allen, President & CEO, Dan Heit, Brenda Arellano,Regional Director, Errone Cody, Administrative Assistant/ Case Aide Lynnita Radford and Chief Financial Officer, Matt Davin. Back left: Visit Coach, Julius Carter, and Visit Coach, Brian Schmidt.
JusticeWorks Ohio held their Open House on October 24, 2018. Representatives from Hamilton County Jobs and Family Services, ProKids of Cincinnati, Hamilton County Probation, Little Flower Church, Mt. Airy Community Council, and other neighborhood friends were in attendance. We are so proud of our community support!
JusticeWorks Ohio has completed ten successful family reunifications since they opened their doors. 29 additional families are eager to be a part of that same success as they participate in Visitation Services.
Our Open House also included our President & CEO, Dan Heit, Chief Financial Officer, Matthew Davin, Director of Evaluation & Quality Assurance, Annette Trunzo, and Western Regional Director, Errone Cody.
Our JusticeWorks Ohio team did a great job preparing for our “Whatever It Takes/Kids First” Open House. The team introduced an icebreaker game and hosted a free raffle that included two beautiful gift baskets. The event was catered by Chef Mary Taylor owner and operator of The Taste of The Taylor Blend, LLC.
We ended the night with new friends, plenty of laughs, and great food!
Thank you to everyone that made our Open House a great success!
The JusticeWorks Ohio Team
On October 26, the staff in Schuylkill County ran a Clothing Drive for the ‘Schuylkill County Make a Difference Day’! Over the last few weeks, JusticeWorks has been accepting donations, bringing in donations, and organizing clothes. JusticeWorks opened the office to the public today so that families could come in and shop for free clothing! In addition, staff provided homemade refreshments for all to enjoy! Students from Compass, Mt. Carmel, volunteered their time and assisted with keeping the clothing rooms organized. Many families and community members benefited from this event. Pictured: From top left, Nate Keys (Student from Compass Mt. Carmel), Kaylee Kerstetter (assisting a client), Laurie McGee, Patty Gilgore, Janet Ramos, Trista Renninger, Vince Troutman, Samantha Gerdeman, Kaitlyn Miller, Renee Warner, & Jesselyn Heaps.
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.