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PbS 25th Anniversary Spotlight: Honoring Ned Loughran

Edward J. “Ned” Loughran was known across the country as a leader dedicated to reforming the juvenile justice system. He continuously fought to keep juvenile agencies and leaders focused on rehabilitation and providing individualized, effective services that give youths the skills and abilities they need to be successful. His passing in October 2016 left a big hole in our natio ...

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Additional Funds Available for the 2020 PbS Reentry Award

Thanks to the generosity of donors and the success of our virtual fundraiser “Creating Real Second Chances”, Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce the availability of additional funds to helps youths return to their homes and communities. The application for a second round of the 2020 PbS Reentry Award has opened.


PbS Announces 2020 Youth Art Contest Winner

Performance-based Standards (PbS) is pleased to announce the winner of the 2020 PbS Youth Art Contest. In honor of PbS’ 25th anniversary, youths were asked to share their thoughts on success with art and a short companion essay and the winner was selected based on how well the piece reflected the theme of success. PbS received 48 entries from 44 artists across the country. Ple ...

Successfully Creating Real Second Chances

Successfully Creating Real Second Chances

In addition to COVID-19 challenges youths are facing hardships that were revealed on this panel. On Oct. 27, PbS hosted a panel of people with experience in re-entry from a juvenile facility to the community. “Creating Real Second Chances,” was a tremendous success. A special thanks to our panel of youths who received financial support from the PbS Education and Employment Foundation and a family member with experience supporting her child’s reentry. They were able to share their stories, highlighting the importance of the PbS Reentry Award, an award that assists youths financially so they do not have to go without necessities.

Youth Justice Action Month: Take Action toward helping youths succeed

Youth Justice Action Month: Take Action toward helping youths succeed

Young people leaving juvenile justice facilities need help now more than ever when returning to their families and communities. In light of Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) PbS Education and Employment Foundation is taking action by hosting our first live virtual fundraiser, “Creating Real Second Chances,” on Oct. 27, 3-3:45pm. 

Register Now: Creating Real Second Chances

One year after the launch of the PbS Education and Employment Foundation, we are happy to announce that our first live fundraiser will be held on Oct. 27 3:00-3:45pm EDT. Youths need assistance more than ever while in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are taking action through this fundraiser to get them the support they need.


Data Snapshot - Keeping Youths Safe

This PbS Data Snapshot includes data collected by PbS participating facilities during April 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Data points discussed in this brief include youths' perceptions of safety in facilities as well as rates of assaults, fights, and restraints in secure juvenile correction and detention centers.

The True Heroes are the Direct Care Staff

Staff at Massachusetts DYS has adjusted to new policies around family visitation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020 PbS Awards Celebrated Virtually

Performance-based Standards (PbS) hosted a virtual presentation on Friday, August 7 to celebrate the 2020 PbS award winners and finalists. The presentation connected nearly 100 people from all over the country and was led by PbS Executive Director Kim Godfrey.

Announcing the 2020 Employment Matching Award Recipients

2020 marks the fourth year of the Performance-based Standards (PbS) Employment Matching Award and with the support of the PbS Education and Employment Foundation we were able to celebrate by awarding more money. This application period was a little different: In addition to youths facing the realities of reentering the community without enough resources, the COVID-19 pandemic meant fewer employment opportunities were available to many youths. Thank you to all the youths and facility staff who submitted applications.

PbS has been a partner in assisting this facility to become a dynamic work environment that is not satisfied with maintaining the status quo.